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In Which a Ball is the Worst
Evelyn Wyndham and her sister Rose attend their neighbor's ball, where two separate strangers–a giant of a man named Claude and a brooding Byronic Sebastian Braddock–express an interest in Rose's talents as a doctor. Rose has many admirers, especially her childhood friend Robert, but still, it is all very odd.
In Which Rose Disappears
Evelyn wakes up to find her beloved little sister is missing. She doesn't believe the fake note left behind and she is certain Mr. Braddock or Claude is involved. But her parents don't believe Rose was kidnapped. They believe she ran away and want to handle matters quietly because they are deep in debt. Their reputation is all they have left.
In Which Evelyn Travels to London
Evelyn isn't one to sit quietly and wait. Against her parents' wishes, she goes to London accompanied by her friend Nicholas Kent. While staying at his family's house with his strict stepmother Lady Kent, and energetic little sister Laura, Evelyn sneaks out to follow a clue to a nearby magic show.
In Which Sebastian Braddock Shows Up. Again. Annoyingly.
Evelyn is attacked after the magic show, but saved by Mr. Braddock, who subjects her to a ridiculous explanation about how he, Evelyn, Rose and many others, have mysterious superhuman powers. He asks her to heal his friend, Mae Lodge. In return, he will help her look for her sister, whom Sebastian believes might have been taken by a scientist trying to study those with powers.
Evelyn reluctantly agrees to help.
In Which Evelyn Visits a Brothel– Er Sorry– “Music Hall”
After she completely cures Miss Lodge, Evelyn must admit Mr. Braddock was telling the truth–she can heal herself and others. She accompanies Mr. Braddock to a music hall where he believes he saw Rose. Fortunately and unfortunately, it turns out to be a hired impersonator named Camille, who has the power to change her appearance at will. They bribe her for the real Rose's location.
In Which Rose is Found and Promptly Lost Again
Evelyn and Mr. Braddock find Rose being held captive by Dr. Beck, a ruthless scientist determined to discover the source of Rose's healing gift and share it with the world at any cost. Dr. Beck's teleporting henchman, Mr. Hale, takes Rose away, while the super-strong Claude nearly kills Mr. Braddock in a fight on the London streets. But Mr. Kent arrives to save him and Evelyn, while Rose's captors escape.
In Which Sebastian Braddock Reveals his Past and It Exceeds all Dark, Byronic Expectations
Evelyn learns the truth of Mr. Braddock's powers–they are the opposite of hers. When they are near each other, their powers cancel out. But when they are apart, Mr. Braddock's touch and presence can slowly make someone sick and kill them, which is what accidentally happened to his parents and his best friend, Henry Lodge, Mae's brother. Mr. Bradodck admits that he used to work for Dr. Beck, in the hopes of finding a cure, and may have hurt people in the process. Furious, Evelyn runs off.
In Which an Unexpected Visitor Arrives
Evelyn is surprised to find her former governess, Miss Alice Grey, waiting for her, after being mysteriously absent for a year. Miss Grey recounts her story and reveals that she has the power to dream of other powered people in the world, but her parents had put her in an asylum when she told them about it. After dreaming about Dr. Beck and Rose, Miss Grey escaped from the asylum to help save Rose before it’s too late.
In Which Appearances are Vexing and Confusing
Evelyn is forced to go to a play with the Kent family and Miss Madeline Verinder, an antagonistic girl from her debut year. Mr. Braddock also shows up, tracing another lead to Rose and refusing to let Evelyn help. Evelyn, annoyed by his secrets, decides she has had about enough. She goes to Camille to be disguised as a man, follows a clue to a public house and runs into Arthur and William, two information-gatherers with enhanced sight and hearing. They tell Evelyn about how Mr. Braddock saved them in the past and convince her to trust him.
In Which Evelyn is betrayed
When Evelyn returns to Camille’s to have her disguise removed, she is betrayed. Dr. Beck and Claude are waiting to kill her. She tries to escape, but she is cornered on a roof, where she learns that Dr. Beck has the power to see the future. In her desperate attempt to jump to another building, she falls five stories to the street.
In Which Evelyn Doesn’t Die, but Her Reputation Does
Evelyn wakes up in a hospital fully healed with a very concerned Mr. Braddock waiting nearby. He takes her back to the Kent household, but Lady Kent kicks Evelyn out after hearing incriminating rumors started by Miss Verinder. With her reputation ruined, Evelyn has nowhere to stay until Miss Lodge offers her a room as a thank you for healing her. During their carriage ride, Miss Lodge reveals that she is engaged to Mr. Braddock.
In Which Yet Another Person Loves Rose
The next morning, when the whole group gathers to continue their search for Rose, Evelyn discovers Mr. Kent has been hiding a power of his own that forces people to truthfully answer any question of his. Before she can properly yell at him, they are interrupted by the sudden arrival of Mr. Hale. He claims that he now loves Rose and wants to save her from Dr. Beck’s horrible experiments, but he’s too scared of the secret society funding Dr. Beck to get further involved. He gives our heroes the information to find Rose and teleports away.
In Which a Big Fight and Bigger Fire Erupt
After more information gathering (along with Mr. Kent’s apology and a poorly timed declaration of love for Evelyn) the group finds their way to Dr. Beck’s hide out. A fight breaks out. Mr. Braddock and Mr. Kent deal with Claude, while Evelyn, Miss Grey and Robert struggle with Dr. Beck. During the fight, Evelyn learns that they were all mistaken about Rose’s power: she never had the power to heal, but rather, the power to charm people to love her. As Evelyn defeats Dr. Beck, a fire starts to consume the laboratory. She carries Miss Grey and Robert out of the burning building, while Mr. Braddock goes to rescue Rose.
In Which a Sister Who Never Should Have Died, Does
Once everyone is clear of the fire, Evelyn finds Rose’s body on the lawn. Mr. Braddock carried Rose out, believing her to have the same healing power as Evelyn, which would keep her safe from his deadly touch. But when Evelyn reveals that they were mistaken about Rose’s power, a distraught Mr. Braddock runs away. Without Mr. Braddock cancelling her powers, Evelyn desperately tries to heal her sister, but it’s too late.
In Which Things End and Things Begin
A month later, Evelyn has been staying with Mae Lodge instead of facing her parents. Grieving terribly and constantly dreaming of Rose, Evelyn barely leaves her bed. Until Miss Grey asks her to please come to a hospital to help Oliver Myles, a boy with the power to slip through solid objects. Evelyn heals his broken leg and finds a sense of purpose in helping other powered people. The trio decides they will go rescue an Emily Kane, a telekinetic girl Miss Grey met in the asylum.