Michaela wakes up. In the hospital, that is, only to find out that Alex isn't dead; he escaped, with Michaela's golden locket, the jewel that activates the Dire Chalice. In other words: they're screwed. Michaela and Will soon come to the shocking and devastating realization that they are alone. Professor Swartz is dead and the only reason Michaela was wanted by The Chancellor was for Alex's parents' plan to work! Michaela and Will return to the Wilson Manor, trying to train as much as they can, before they must do the inevitable: hunt Alex down, and kill him. But with the return of Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery, Will's parents, Michaela and Will's relationship is suddenly at stake, along with Michaela's future, and the plans she once had to go after Alex. Michaela must choose between being a Touched Child and Will, the only person she's ever loved. With new friends, enemies, and shocking revelations about The Chancellor, Michaela is going to have a much tougher time saving the world than she expected.