this is about a boy [Todd] and a girl [viola] who are on their own in and are being chased by an evil mysterious town where everyone reads eachothers thoughts. he grew up there to fing out that the town had been lying to him about everything. it is a fast paced book but it is very long. the ending of the book is unexpected and well written. it can get confusing at times but in the end it all makes sense. it is a good way to start the series.