The Dark is Rising5 books in series
Over Sea, Under Stone Summary
On holiday in Cornwall, the three children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that - the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their lives in peril.
This is the first volume of Susan Cooper's brilliant and absorbing fantasy sequence know as The Dark Is Rising.