Jacob Lau: A fifteen-year-old boy who grew up in Hawaii is forced to live with family he never knew he had in Paris, Illinois, after his mother disappears in an accident that leaves him with strange nightmares. He suffers from the bigotry from his classmates because he is part Asian/part Caucasian. He begins to realize that something about him is different when he meets Dr. Silva.
Dr. Abigail Silva: A brilliant, seemingly young and beautiful woman with a doctorate in a specialized branch of botany, Jacob's neighbor
Malini Gupta: An Indian girl in Jacob's school, quiet, smart and like Jacob, ostracized for being 'different'
Dane Michaels: The school big shot, a bully whose family had lived in Paris for many generations. Dane torments Jacob as soon as he starts school.
Chapter 1 - The Boy Who Died Chapter 2 - The Uncle Who Wasn't Chapter 3 - The Memory Chapter 4 - The Girl Next Door Chapter 5 - The Lows of Paris High Chapter 6 - Dane Chapter 7 - Excavation Chapter 8 - Ancient History Chapter 9 - Heads Will Fly Chapter 10 - A Possible Life Sentence Chapter 11 - Moon Tea and Somali Chapter 12 - A Girl Worth Fighting For Chapter 13 - Not So Ordinary Sunday Chapter 14 - The Other Garden Chapter 15 - The Root of the Problem Chapter 16 - Oswald's Rules Chapter 17 - The Fight Chapter 18 - No One Said Anything About Shots Chapter 19 - This Might Be Cooler Than It Sounds Chapter 20 - Birthday Chapter 21 - Red Stones for Manioc Chapter 22 - The Healer Chapter 23 - Earth Mother Chapter 24 - The Small Print Chapter 25 - The Skeleton is Thrown from the Closet Chapter 26 - Master Lee Chapter 27 - The Search Chapter 28 - Independence Day Chapter 29 - Fire and Ice Chapter 30 - The Hardware Store Chapter 31 - Gideon's Passage Chapter 32 - The Wrong Direction Chapter 33 - The Dishonest Mistake Chapter 34 - Fired Chapter 35 - Apology Chapter 36 - The Gift Chapter 37 - Reconciliation Chapter 38 - Taken Chapter 39 - Malini's Confession Chapter 40 - Into the Dark Chapter 41 - The Other Side Chapter 42 - The Emancipation of Jacob Lau Chapter 43 - Showdown Chapter 44 - Battle Chapter 45 - Homecoming Chapter 46 - Gideon's Challenge Epilogue
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