In Hemlock Hollow, life isn’t easy, but it is simple. Things in my community haven’t changed much in over three hundred years, since the time my Amish ancestors came to what is now the Green Republic. I milk my cow by hand, make fresh bread every morning, and hope to be courted by Jeremiah, a boy I’ve known since childhood.
When my father falls ill, the English doctor says a hospital outside the wall can heal him. Jeremiah convinces me to go on rumspringa, to experience the outside world as an Englisher in order to be closer to my father during his recovery. Others have gone before me. They claim it’s an adventure. But adventure turns to horror as an ordinary light switch thrusts me into a new world, and revelations about my personal history make me question everything I believe.
All my life I’ve worked to be simple. I can’t pretend anymore. Nothing about me is simple.
My name is Lydia and I’m a Spark, genetically altered to be electrokinetic. I can’t change my origins, but I can change my future. After my harrowing experience at the hands of Dr. Konrad and the Green Republic, I am relieved to return to the plain and simple life of Hemlock Hollow. I’ve made my decision. I choose to be ordinary. My focus now is on helping Korwin to fit into my community as we prepare for our upcoming marriage.
But an untimely death has vastly changed the expectations of my Ordnung, the law of my community. Harsh judgment falls on anything or anyone from the outside world. It’s becoming harder for Korwin and I to hide what we are and more important than ever that we do. For us, exile from Hemlock Hollow could have life threatening consequences.
Now that I’m a special agent for the rebellion, I can’t hide what I am anymore. I’m a Spark, genetically engineered to be electrokinetic. Along with my boyfriend Korwin, I am also the Liberty Party’s best hope of stopping Dr. Konrad and the Green Republic from developing a new generation of biological weapons.
When our mission to destroy Dr. Konrad’s work goes awry, the side effects of a brain-altering chemical in my system become problematic. It’s more important than ever that I protect the people I love. But the more I try to help, the more I seem cursed to hurt everyone around me.