After the excitement of the fall, all Cammie Morgan wants is peaceful semester at school. But that’s easier said than done when you’re a CIA legacy and go to the premier school in the world...for spies.
Despite Cammie's best intentions, trouble crops up quickly. Cammie, Bex, and Liz... read more
The story begins as Cammie Morgan (also known as the Chameleon) and her mother (headmistress of the Gallagher Academy, a girls spy school) are in Washington, D.C. Cammie is 'debriefed' on her relationship with Josh (an outsider) in a top secret facility under the Fashion Center at Pentagon... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The story begins as Cammie Morgan (also known as the Chameleon) and her mother (headmistress of the Gallagher Academy, a girls spy school) are in Washington, D.C. Cammie is 'debriefed' on her relationship with Josh (an outsider) in a top secret facility under the Fashion Center at Pentagon City Mall.
When Cammie returns to school, the East wing of the school is off-limits as it has been contaminated with fumes from the Chemistry labs. This only frustrates Cammie and the other girls at the school for ten minutes are added to travel to their rooms.
Walking with Macey, Cammie overhears her mom and Mr. Solomon outside the school library discussing 'Blackthorne', but when Cammie remembers that there is no ventilation access from the Chemistry labs to the East Wing, her roommates decide to investigate. The reasons behind the denial of access to the East Wing and the cryptic conversations about Blackthorn become clear, when during dinner with her mom she finds a photo of her dad and Mr Solomon. In the photo Mr. Solomon is wearing a shirt that says "Blackthorne Institute for Boys".
On a CoveOps mission the next day at The National Mall, the class must get to the ruby slippers exhibit by five o'clock practicing counter-surveillance. Cammie fails when Zach, a boy from the Blackthorne Institute, follows her from an elevator. Only one girl in the class succeeds in the mission. After this fifteen boys and their teacher Dr. Steve from the Blackthorne Institute come to the Gallagher Academy and they take up residence in the East Wing.
During an exercise in Roseville, Cammie meets Josh again and finds out that he is dating DeeDee.
During a CoveOps/Culture and Assimilation cumulative exam Cammie and Zach dance together, and when Cammie has a slight wardrobe malfunction and tries to leave she goes into a passageway, where Zach is waiting. The only thing she could think, is why was he there? A Code Black occurs and Cammie gets the blame when Zach disappears. The other thing she thinks is why was he there when the Code Black occurs?
Cammie, Liz, Bex and Macey decide to investigate the Blackthorne boys, but get nowhere even after planting surveillance devices in the boys' rooms, trackers in their shoes and Cammie goes on a study date with Zach. On a Saturday trip into Roseville, the Gallagher Girls come back early when Zach lies about seeing a tailor before. The girls arrive at the mansion to a massive security breach – a disk containing the information about all the alumni of the Gallagher Academy has been stolen.
The girls use a secret passage to get out of the mansion so they can follow the trackers that Bex and Liz planted on the Blackthorne boys. Macey comes across them outside in a Gallagher Academy van she commandeered and they follow the tracking devices. They meet up with the boys outside an abandoned manufacturing plant owned by the school. Zach convinces Cammie that he and the boys are innocent and they team up to get the alumni disk back from Dr. Steve who stole it. They succeed in stopping Dr. Steve from getting away (Bex puts him in a choke hold); it is revealed that the recovery of the disk was a test, similar to that of the one last semester, but to see if the girls could do it with the boys. In the end when the Blackthorne boys have to leave, Zach kisses Cammie. But Cammie still wonders who is Zach Goode?
“Just be yourself.”Rachel Morgan
“Here's the thing about being a spy in love: your boyfriend never has a name. People like Polygraph Guy were never just going to call him Josh. He would always be The Subject, a person of interest.”Cameron Ann Morgan
“A pair of freshmen rushed by our door talking about who would make a better Gallagher Girl: Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Veronica Mars (a debate made much more interesting by the fact it was taking place in Farsi).”Cameron Ann Morgan
“Hi Gallagher Girl." "Hello Blackthorne Boy.”Zach and Cammie
“There is no ventilation access from the chem labs to the East Wing.”Cameron Ann Morgan
“Yeah...Life. And. Death.”Zach
“I knew that nothing at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women would ever be the same again.”Cameron Ann Morgan
“Cammie, is that you?”Josh
“Wait," I said." How did you know about the party?" "Cam," Bex said softly." You were on comms."”Cammie and Bex
“Because there are one hundred girls and fifteen boys at this school. and for some reason, that one keeps coming back to you.”Macey
“'Strap this on young lady,' the guard said, handing me the ID badge. 'And don't lose it—it's loaded with a tracking chip and half milligram of C–4. If you try to remove it or enter an unauthorized area, it'll detonate.' He stared at me, 'And then you'll die.'”Guard to Cammie
“You fidget alot”Zach
“"And you want to embrace me?"”Zach
“I always finish what I start.”Zach
“Gilly couldn't join the Secret Service -- even after she'd saved the life of a president -- because the other agents were afraid her hoopskirt might get in the way (when, in truth, hoopskirts were excellent for smuggling sensitive information and/or weapons).”Cameron Ann Morgan
“Guys are like dogs -- they can always tell when you're needy.”Macey McHenry
“Real life in the clandestine services isn't cat and mouse -- it's cat and cat.”Cameron Ann Morgan
“We'd been studying boys for almost an entire academic year, and yet I didn't feel any closer to understanding a culture where people insult you, then tease you, ignore you for weeks, and then ask you to the movies!”Cameron Ann Morgan
“I remembered what my father used to say about counter surveillance: Once is a stranger; twice is a coincidence; three times is a tail.”Cameron Ann Morgan
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