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In Which Evelyn Is Rescued from Her Rescue Mission
Three months after the death of her sister, Evelyn Wyndham joins her former governess, Alice Grey, and their new friend Oliver Myles to save a telekinetic Emily Kane from an asylum in Belgium. Despite Miss Grey’s power to locate powered people in her dreams, and Oliver’s power to walk through walls, the plan goes awry, but they are rescued by Nicholas Kent and the mysterious Society of Aberrations–the organization that funded the evil Dr. Beck and his experiments on powered people like Evelyn’s sister, Rose.
In Which Everyone Thinks This Society Sounds Delightful Except Evelyn
Back in London, Captain Simon Goode (who can raise other people’s powers) and his brother, Felix Redburn (who can copy and hold another person’s power) explain how the Society is a secret part of the British government. Evelyn is suspicious about the Society’s motives and their involvement with Dr. Beck, but ultimately Miss Grey and Oliver agree to join the Society, while Evelyn refuses.
In Which Evelyn Goes Home
Evelyn returns to Mae Lodge’s house and hears the unwelcome news that her parents are in town. Evelyn’s reunion with her mother is tense, and made tenser by the presence of their new neighbors: the snobby, aristocratic and highly eligible Earl of Atherton and his mother, Lady Atherton, who wishes, to take Evelyn under her wing in the coming season.
In Which Best Friends Make Everything Better
Evelyn’s best friend, Catherine Harding, returns from her trip to Europe and Evelyn catches her up on all the activities of the past months, including the existence of their powers. The Society of Aberrations summons Evelyn to heal a sick little girl and, after some encouragement from Catherine and Mr. Kent, she agrees.
In Which Evelyn Grumbles, Heals & Barters
Evelyn is escorted on her healing mission by Lady Atherton, who is using her high social status to be a liaison for the Society of Aberrations and a cover for Evelyn. After Evelyn successfully heals the little girl, she returns to the Society to see Miss Grey and Oliver using their powers more effectively thanks to Captain Goode’s help. When she learns that Captain Goode has the ability to shut off someone’s power, Evelyn finally agrees to join the Society on one condition: They find Sebastian Braddock.
In Which Sebastian Braddock Runs Away Again, Shocking Literally No One
Captain Goode, acting as an agent for the unknown head of the Society of Aberrations, agrees to Evelyn’s terms and sends a team to find Mr. Braddock. On the mission, Evelyn meets Fei Chen, a member of the Society of Aberrations who can crumble and break down objects when she looks at them. When the team finds Sebastian Braddock, he immediately runs, still feeling great guilt over Rose’s death. Evelyn is able to catch up to him and teleport him back to London.
In Which Sebastian Does NOT Run Away
Sebastian is skeptical that his dangerous power can really be removed, but is grateful when Captain Goode shows that it is possible. Evelyn is thrilled to have Sebastian safe and back where he should be, starting a normal life, but when she reunites him with his secret fiance, Mae, Evelyn realizes she has to let him go.
In Which Evelyn Does Not Murder Her Boring Suitor
A few days later, Evelyn is forced to accompany the tedious Lord Atherton and the overbearing Lady Atherton at the Royal Academy’s Winter Exhibition, but ditches them to spend time with Mr. Kent, Catherine, Sebastian and Mae. The evening is pleasant enough as Evelyn tries to focus her attention on Mr. Kent, but Sebastian’s powers suddenly return, causing Mae to fall ill once more.
In Which the Team Takes a Quick Jaunt to India
After Captain Goode convinces Evelyn and Sebastian that he made a simple mistake with Sebastian’s powers, he sends them to India with Mr. Redburn, Mr. Kent and Miss Chen to recruit a young woman with control over weather. Radhika Rao is unwilling to join the Society of Aberrations, but Mr. Redburn cites his orders to bring her in at any cost and starts a fight. In the melee, Mr. Kent is nearly killed, and after Evelyn heals him, they share a kiss. Mr. Redburn manages to capture Miss Rao and send her back to Society, but when Evelyn protests, he threatens her, demanding she never disobey the Society’s edicts.
In Which Evelyn Gets Sneaky
Evelyn is less than thrilled with how the Society handled their mission to recruit Miss Rao. She sneaks into Captain Goode’s office with Oliver’s help, searching for more information about their missions, and discovers they lied to Mr. Braddock on purpose, to keep him under their control. Perturbed, Evelyn goes to Miss Grey to see if she knows where Miss Rao was taken.
In Which Evelyn Goes to Prison
Miss Grey dreams of Miss Rao being held powerless in a prison below the Society. When Evelyn, Mr. Kent and Oliver sneak in to help Miss Rao, they learn from another prisoner that the mysterious head of the Society is someone without a power. The group makes a narrow escape but the next morning the Society punishes them by attacking Mr. Kent’s little sister, Laura, and Evelyn’s friend, Catherine. Evelyn heals them, but the message is clear: Disobey the Society again and there will be consequences.
In Which Rose Is Alive
Evelyn & Co are sent on another mission to retrieve a Society member who ran away: Gabriel Hale, the teleporter who assisted Dr. Beck. After a chase and skirmish, Evelyn finds her sister, Rose, still alive and being held captive by Mr. Hale and Camille, the woman who can change anyone’s appearance. Mr. Hale kills Mr. Redburn to keep Rose safe from the Society of Aberrations but Evelyn convinces everyone that the only way to truly be safe is to go back to London, uncover the head of the Society and take them down.
In Which Rose Is Actually Alive and It’s Not a Dream
Evelyn brings Rose back to London where she stays at Catherine’s house under disguise with Camille, while Mr. Hale is disguised as Mr. Redburn in order to keep his death from arousing the Society’s suspicions. Evelyn is beyond thrilled to have her sister back and tells an equally thrilled Sebastian when he visits her bedchamber, most improperly. (But also! most fun-ly).
In Which Evelyn Thinks She’s Right, Again
Evelyn attempts to convince Captain Goode that the real head of the Society has no power and is using powered people for selfish reasons, but Goode doesn’t believe her. Putting the clues together, Evelyn soon realizes that the head is very likely Lord Atherton, who has hinted that he will propose to her at the upcoming ball sponsored by Lady Atherton for Evelyn. She convinces the others that the only way out of the Society’s hold is by capturing Lord Atherton at her ball.
In Which Friends Gamble Less with Money and More with Hearts
Evelyn and Mr. Kent visit old friends Arthur and William at their gambling hall to see if their powers of enhanced hearing and sight have yielded any more information about Lord Atherton. Evelyn doesn’t learn anything new, but a chance encounter with Sebastian on the way out and a slip of her tongue about his engagement leads to a mess of revelations, including the fact that Sebastian was completely unaware he was engaged to Mae Lodge. The next day, he tells Mae the truth about his powers and breaks off the engagement, leaving Evelyn to reassure a broken-hearted Mae that he’s just trying to keep her safe.
In Which Balls Are Fun, Pleasant Events Where Nothing Bad Ever Happens
At the ball, Mr. Kent tells Evelyn he will stop trying to win her affections due to the connection she has with Sebastian. When it’s time to trap Lord Atherton, Evelyn’s suspicions turn out to be wrong– the true head is his mother. Their improvised plan to capture her goes wrong in many ways, ending in the ballroom with the sudden appearance of Captain Goode, holding Rose hostage. He is furious, having learned about the murder of his brother and Evelyn’s subsequent cover-up, and his anger only grows when he learns Lady Atherton played him like a fool and that the Society of Aberrations was not the noble organization he believed in. He retaliates by raising people’s powers to uncontrollable levels, causing chaos. Captain Goode forces Evelyn to choose between her sister’s life and everyone else’s. When she refuses to let her sister go, he raises Sebastian’s power to the limit, killing countless guests, including Evelyn’s parents, Mae Lodge, Oliver Myles and Miss Grey.
In Which A Ludicrous Number of People Are Dead
After Sebastian flees, Evelyn forces Captain Goode to raise her power to its limits, then cuts off his hand to free Rose. She realizes Sebastian’s power is still heightened and incredibly dangerous. She chases after him and finds him distraught, standing on the edge of a bridge, considering killing himself to keep anyone else from getting hurt by his power. Evelyn talks him down, canceling his heightened power with hers and promising she won’t let him go.
In Which Evelyn Vows Vengeance
A couple days later, Rose and Catherine are searching for Evelyn after she left them at the ball. They see a threatening message from Captain Goode written in blood on the front of the Wyndham’s house, so they dare not return to any of their homes. Desperation starts to sink in, but then they find a hidden message from Evelyn in the Agony Column of the newspaper. She wants them to meet her at the statue of her favorite poet and she wants revenge against Captain Goode.