Bian Shen is the first book in a trilogy about a group of children that have lived for thousands of years. Given both a miracle and a curse, they have been forced to live through history in the bodies of children. Not able to die, not able to grow up.
It is the day before ARTHUR’s fourteenth birthday. He is about to be reborn again, trapped in an infant’s body, where he will be able to see, hear, feel, and taste just like before. He will have to retrain his muscles, and this is the way it has been for over 7000 years. But then the most extraordinary happens. He wakes up, still being in the same body. He can’t really believe it and thinks that somehow his birthday is the next day, but when he is still there the following day, he knows that something fundamental has changed. And then he is contacted by someone calling themselves the Guardian.
NATHANIEL is a brilliant young man from the US, nearing the finish of his research project. He has devised a mechanism that can track humans from space using satellites, based on the assumption that human brain is so complex that it leaves a fingerprint that can be picked up. When his results show that the world only has 421 inhabitants, he can’t understand what has gone wrong. When he is exposed to the truth by one of the Children, a girl called RAVEN, he is forced into a dangerous world that goes beyond his wildest imaginations.