Noa Torsen is on the run. Having outsmarted the sinister Project Persephone, Noa and her friend Zeke now move stealthily across the country, protecting runaways before they become test subjects for the Projects horrific experiments. Noa knows all too well what that feels like: Whatever was done to her has left her exhausted and scared. Back in Boston, Peter anxiously follows Noas movements from his computer, using his hacker skills to feed her the information she needs to stay alive. But hes desperate to do something more, especially when he learns what the Project has done to his ex-girlfriend, Amanda. Then, in an explosive confrontation, Noa and her team are trapped in the one place they thought was safe. It will take everything Noa and Peter have to bring down the Project before it gets them first. And with no one to trust and enemies hiding at every turn, they may be the only people alive who can.
Three girls battle a dangerous secret society that will do anything to protect an ancient Greek power in this murder mystery for fans of Dan Brown. In ancient Rome, it was whispered that the great philosopher Plotinus could project his soul into another human being in a ritual that hinged on a kiss. In present-day Delphi, California, the sole remaining guardians of the Plotinus Ability hide in plain sight as members of the exclusive Oculus Society–until their leader, Octavia Harris, is killed in her own home. With no leads on the case, Octavia’s daughter, Gretchen, vows to find her mother’s murderer at any cost. One piece of the puzzle falls into place when Gretchen’s best friend, Jessica Shaw, discovers the Plotinus Ability. Skeptical but curious, the two can’t resist trying the ritual, but they’re not alone. Ariel Miller, an outsider with a well-known hatred of all things Oculus Society, films the friends exchanging their first kiss, and it isn’t long before the YouTube video (“Popular Girls = Secret Lovers”) goes viral. As Ariel’s guilt and the girls’ suspicions of her mount, the three must forget the past and trust one another if they are to find the murderer still in their midst.
EXT. THE FROSTS’ FRONT PORCH – NIGHT The camera moves in on RILEY FROST, a beautiful 17-year-old girl with long dark hair, crying on the porch step. RILEY (voiceover) The gossip has spread far and wide. My secret girlfriend publicly dumped and outed me at the same time, and now I’m on social death row. But that’s not the worst of it. My favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn, was murdered at school. Now I’m beginning to feel like I’m trapped in a whodunit movie. And I can’t help thinking that Ms. Dunn’s killer is close by. CUT TO: CLOSE UP: DESMOND BRANDT DEZ, a handsome 17-year-old boy, peers through his window at RILEY. DEZ (voiceover) I do this a lot–watch my life through the eyes of a director. I want to be that one person in charge. I wish I didn’t crave control. But I do . . . badly. And though I might not be able to control Riley, I can help get her to where she needs to be. Convince. Persuade. Protect. I’ll make Riley love me, even if it means I have to play the villain.