The origin of the Ghost Hunter. 12-year-old Yuki and her newly-divorced Dad have just moved from Portland, Oregon to the SoCal town of Sunnyshore, much to paternal grandfather Gramps' annoyance. Like all men in their 70s, Gramps judges his middle-aged son, who is worn out after over ten hours of driving, wile Yuki no longer has the energy to angst.
Middle school never ranks as anyone's top favorite experiences. Yuki, reeling from homesickness and her parents' divorce, is too dour and sulky to fit in her new school of cheerful, peppy classmates. She doesn't want to be a school, but how many twelve-year-olds really do?
Yuki decides to take the long way home--via walking through the park--and is too ansgty to watch where she's going, thus getting her foot lodged under the root of a tree.
After getting her foot caught, she loses balance and falls on her behind. Normally she would find this humiliating, but instead her attention is turned to the shimmering, sparkly object her foot has dislodged from the space beneath the tree root...
Yuki examines this shimmery, sparkly snowglobe, with confusion and curiosity.
It is not until long after the fact that she realizes this pretty snowglobe is the Rift, a magical device once used as a portal through dimensions.
But inevitably, like all shiny, sparkly fragile things, this mysterious snowglobe fractures. Once again, that pesky tree root triggers Yuki's absent-minded clumsiness, causing her to trip, fall, and lose grip of the snowglobe, which falls to the ground and cracks.
While Yuki is busy being dazed and embarrassed by falling over (AGAIN), the snowglobe is busy crackling and shuddering. It breaks open, shattering into hundreds of pieces, scattering all over Sunnyshore, and the sparkling matter inside--the magic of the world, is released along with it, spreading everywhere before disappearing.
Yuki starts to get up, all dazed and confused, her body glowing with purple light. No sooner does she get her bearings when she catches sight of her left hand, which appears to be becoming see-through!
Ice begins to form under Yuki's feet, without any explanation, and of course the transparency is beginning to spread through the rest of her arm.
Halfway see-through, and surrounded by ice, with frost spreading under her feet and onto the grass and trees (something you'd never imagine seeing in a SoCal park), Yuki can do nothing but panic and run home as fast as humanly possible, if she is still human at all.
Yuki makes it home, now freezing cold and half invisible. Her chronically stressed father and curmudgeonly grandfather react as well as you would imagine.
Like any freaked out parent, Ken attempts to help Yuki, but coming in physical contact with her encases his hand in ice. Yuki and Ken both freak out, but Ken a little bit more so, because Yuki appears to go into a trance and glow entirely purple...
Glowing purple, she summons a mini flurry and her civilian clothes change. When she reappears from the mini flurry, she finds she has transformed into what she assumes must be a superhero.
Neither Yuki nor Ken can find any words to describe just what has happened. And so our story begins.