By Margaret Peterson Haddix
During this fourth installment of a sequence a couple of society that permits basically young ones in step with relatives, Luke Garner is eventually adjusting to his new existence at Hendricks tuition as Lee provide. whereas the supplies belong to the top classification of society known as the Barons, Luke avoids snobbish affectations and befriends his classmates, who're additionally unlawful thirds. whilst the genuine Lee Grant's more youthful brother arrives on the tuition, together with his fierce physique shield, Luke concerns that Smits will reveal him to the govt. although, Smits has come to enlist Luke's assist in gaining knowledge of how his older brother relatively died, suspecting that he was once murdered. The intrigue and chance develop extra acute whilst either boys are referred to as "home" and Luke discovers that the gives you have plans for him that may turn into deadly.
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