Not everyone can be a Rithmatist. They are a carefully chosen group of people that train from an early age to learn all that it takes to become a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the ability to draw and give life to two dimensional figures to do their bidding. These creations are known as Chalklings. In the western region of Nebrask, Wild Chalklings with unknown origins have run rampant and now threaten all of the American Isles. The extensive Rithmatists trainings lead up to them heading west to do battle with these Wild Chalkings in order to protect the rest of humanity.
All of his life, Joel has wanted to be a Rithmatist but since he is just the son of a humble chalkmaker, he never got the chance. After a series of devastating attacks however, Joel finally sees his chance to put in to practice everything he’s been preparing for since childhood. With the help of his friend and Rithmatist-in-training Melody, he strikes out to prove he belongs and change Rithmatics and their world, forever.