Throughout the ages, stories have been told about heroes who are called upon to save their world. This is a universal theme that resonates with many cultures. Such stories often arise during troubled times and reflect the basic human desire to rise above oppression. Shadow's Journey tells such a story. It addresses society's need for a hero who is willing to risk great peril to save the world. The story furthers this simple premise by introducing concepts of "Finding True Heart" and "Reawakening the Spirit of Magic." The character of Shadow appears as a being that accepts the challenge of a perilous journey into the underworld. Through this courageous journey Shadow not only transforms the world, but also transcends it, and becomes pure inspiration to anyone who follows.