When Percy Jackson's Latin teacher told him that learning Greek mythology was a matter of life and death, Percy had no idea he meant it literallly. Now, with the three furies, a minotaur, and a math-teacher-turned-demon after him, Percy flees to Camp Half-Blood. There he's told that (surprise!) the Greek gods are still alive, and that Percy is the son of the god Poseidon.
On top of that, someone has stolen Zeus' lightning in an effort to free the great Titan, Kronos. With his friend Grover (a satyr) and the bossy Annabeth (daughter of Athena) Percy sets out on an quest to recover the lightning bolt—and to save his mother, who's being held hostage in the underworld by his uncle (Hades). But is Percy really the long-prophesied hero? And who exactly is the lightning thief?
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