Twelve-year-old Kyah doesn’t allow her mom to object to her participation in the levitation and teleportation experiments at Ceegris Labs. Without the compensation money, Kyah, along with her mom and sister, will end up homeless again. As she begins her training in the levitation group, an unexpected migraine causes her to collapse. She awakens locked in the basement of the lab and soon discovers other trainees whose powers have made them sick and given them a new ability to drain the life from others with just their gaze. No longer trusting those who run the lab to help any of them, Kyah searches for a way to stop the pain and progression of their symptoms.
On the first floor of the lab, fourteen-year-old Jade quickly finds that the searing headaches from using her power to teleport are even worse than the abuse from her father. She devises a plan to escape and live on her own in the wilderness of the Smokey Mountains, where no one will let her down again. However, the key to the safe with her identification documents is stolen before she can leave. Determined to get it back, Jade pushes her teleporting strength to perilous levels as her search leads to the dungeon in the basement.
As Kyah and Jade’s new impulse to kill increases, a Ceegris chemist reveals the existence of a cure hidden outside the lab. Retrieving it will require both of their powers and their ability to trust each other. With limited time before their stares turn deadly, they soon fear each other…
And the creatures they become.