Fred's life is complicated. His single mother is caretaker of the old cemetery of a small town and they live in its gate lodge. The move to this cemetery is recent - although Fred grew up among graves - and as the new kid in town he also is a target for the school bully Aaron. Being a target isn't helped when Fred chooses as his best pal the school nerd Franz.
But all that turns out to be the least of his troubles. Exploring his new home - cemetery - Fred discovers a family crypt. With a crocodile statue over its entrance. Entering it, Fred sees the statues of the von Finsterstein family: Count and Countess, a monk at their side, plus twin 12-year-old boys (one with a drill for a hand!) and the very cute 14-year-old daughter Sinaista. When Fred reads from a parchment he finds in the crypt he triggers the breaking of a spell: these are not statues! The Finstersteins had been turned to stone and now come back to life! Count von Finsterstein hails Fred as 'The Awakener'!
This is just the start. On the one hand, Fred now has a royal family (and pet crocodile) in his life. On the other hand, there is a deep mystery to be solved.
Other forces start kicking in: the monk - Bende - is the Count's older brother but had dedicated himself to a life studying the magic arts. He had become part of an inner circle of sorcerers: and that's where he met the man who would become the family's enemy through his evil and greed: Habernuck. This is the man who turned the family to stone in order to steal their power and influence.
Further adventure and exploration leads to the discovery that Habernuck is still alive! But the greater danger is the other way round: Habernuck is slowly starting to turn to stone after his 400 years and realises that Fred and Sina will be the key to renewing his life. So he captures Sina, and Fred must rescue her.
The story moves between the present day intrigue and the roots of it all in magical forces: including an ancient link between Fred, Sina - and Aaron!
Challenges abound for Fred: Can he help the Finstersteins find justice? Can he help stop the evil Habernuck? Can he win Sina's love? And... how do you train a pet crocodile?