For Naomi Aren, suffering in silence is the only way to survive the abuse of her cult leader father. Until the day he announces that she has to marry a terrifying bully. Finding a courage deep within herself that Naomi never knew she possessed, she uncovers an ominous secret and awakens a supernatural power that could save the lives of everyone she cares about most. Sunday Roberts is a powerful Shade who likes to spend most of her days flirting with the boys and showing up late for class instead of studying.
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Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.
In an ideal world, Naomi would still be living in Vegas with Ginny and Alejandro, kissing Puck whenever possible, and becoming a guardian. But Naomi's never lived in an ideal world. Instead, she's stuck back in Arkansas with Father, Kai, and the destroyers. Plus, her mother's power lives on inside of Naomi, and she has no idea how to get rid of it.
When Naomi asks Sunday to do a job for her, Sunday jumps at the chance, only to find out it's in Tombstone, Arizona - where adventure sounds as likely as the town's name. Once there, Sunday pokes around and she finds an organization that threatens not only her, but all female Shades. Determined to prove herself to Naomi, Sunday goes after the group on her own, only to discover that Tombstone might live up to its name after all.
Grieving the loss of her power, Sunday feels like everything has been taken from her. Naomi promises that things will get better, but Sunday has a hard time believing, especially once Wyatt goes missing. However, she gains the energy of a weak Guardian. Now she must figure out how to become stronger so she can rescue Wyatt and destroy those who took everything from her. In an effort to keep Sunday occupied, Puck takes her on missions to root out rogue Guardian groups.