Luke Garner, an illegal third child, spent his first twelve years in hiding. For the past four months Luke has lived among others, using the identity of Lee Grant at the Hendricks School for Boys. But just as things are finally starting to go right, Lee's little brother Smits arrives at the... read more
Luke Garner has managed to adjust to his new life as Lee Grant, a fake name he has adopted since he has come out of hiding. At the Hendricks School for Boys, things change when the Grants, a prominent Baron family who donated the name of their son when he died in a ski accident, decide to send... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Luke Garner has managed to adjust to his new life as Lee Grant, a fake name he has adopted since he has come out of hiding. At the Hendricks School for Boys, things change when the Grants, a prominent Baron family who donated the name of their son when he died in a ski accident, decide to send the real Lee's brother, Smithfield a.k.a. Smits, to the school and visit "Lee". Smits is troubled by the death of his brother, and tells Luke, the new Lee, his stories of times he and the real Lee spent together. But when Smits wants to get rid of his bodyguard, he sets the school on fire. After the fire, Luke discovers two fake IDs in Smits' room: one with Smits' picture labeled Peter Goodard, the other a blank labeled Stanley Goodard.
Luke is soon caught up in a complicated web of lies in a world where he is completely unprotected from anything that will prove he is an illegal third child. He has no idea who he can trust, especially Smits and his bodyguard, Oscar Wydell, and as a member of the Grant family in name, Luke is in an incredible amount of danger. Furthermore, the Grant family selfishly desires to express their grief over the real Lee's death by faking "Lee"'s death and send Luke back into hiding once again.
The return of "Lee" (with a few changes made by the Grant's services) and Smits is celebrated by a party at the Grant's house. At the party, Oscar attempts to assassinate The President , who started the war, and Luke who is saved by Trey. The President was in a different location at the time. "Lee's" parents are both killed by a falling chandelier. Smits, Luke, and some of Luke's friends escape, dropping Smits and Luke off at Luke's house (and Trey grabs documents which he thinks are important and he will use in Among the Brave). Smits and Luke are then welcomed back by Luke's family. Smits then stays with Luke's family as a sort of fourth son that they never got to have. Luke then leaves with more unanswered questions and with a conscience that he did something right for Smits even though he didn't do anything much for his cause.
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