Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy finalist, 2012
2013 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz nominee
Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where that is illegal. She is on the run from government troopers, trying to stay hidden and alive—and trying to help make the world a better place for others with paranormal talents.
As a child, Caitlyn watched as an angry mob killed her father, murdering him for being a Para. Since then, she and her mother have been on the run from government troopers, and constantly searching for her missing brother who disappeared during the riots. When Caitlyn starts at a new high school she thinks she will have to do what she's always done—blend in as best as she can, and never, ever let anyone know she's a Para who is able to read people's thoughts.
But when Caitlyn meets Alex, an attractive fellow swimmer, and Rachel, one of her first true friends, she finds herself not wanting to hide any more. All the while, government troopers are closing in, and someone is killing Paras, draining them of their life energy. Caitlyn knows that she doesn't have much time before her identity is discovered. Ultimately, she must make the decision whether to save herself or save the whole human race.