The Transgression Box by Roger Colby
Approx. 76,810 words.
Published on January 10, 2012.
Dornin is a liar. He is also deeply in love with the blacksmith's beautiful daughter. While in the forest, desperately trying to cover up another mistake, he finds a small metal box. He brings it back to his village, causing several of the villagers including his beloved to fall into an unending sleep. Follow Dornin on his quest across the galaxy to dispose of the hideous transgresssion box.