The main characters are Gorgon, Jake, Samantha and Charlie.
The quest to save their parents and KiraKu begins when Charlie comes flying in the window telling them they're in danger. Not one minute later, a huge flying komodo dragon crashes through the wall and chases them outside. Once outside, the komodo scratches their parents--poisoning them. The U.S army then takes Jake, Samantha and their parents into custody because they think they're a threat to the U.S.A. Gorgon is trying to destroy KiraKu, Samantha and Jake must stop him.
I do suggest reading the first book first. Personally I thought that the first book, WhipEye, was better because it had more action and was a little more interesting. The first book also had a more satisfying ending.
My favorite characters are Samantha and Jake because they are both very brave. I felt as if the story line was dragging a bit. Sometimes it hooked me in and sometimes it got a little boring, but it was still a very good book. I recommend this book for nine to fourteen year olds looking for a fantasy.