By Margaret Peterson Haddix
During this fourth installment of a sequence a few society that permits simply little ones consistent with family members, Luke Garner is eventually adjusting to his new existence at Hendricks institution as Lee furnish. whereas the delivers belong to the top type of society referred to as the Barons, Luke avoids snobbish affectations and befriends his classmates, who're additionally unlawful thirds. while the true Lee Grant's more youthful brother arrives on the college, together with his fierce physique defend, Luke concerns that Smits will divulge him to the govt.. besides the fact that, Smits has come to enlist Luke's assist in researching how his older brother particularly died, suspecting that he was once murdered. The intrigue and risk develop extra acute while either boys are known as "home" and Luke discovers that the offers have plans for him which can become deadly.
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