When Tamaya and Marshall take a "shortcut" through the woods to avoid a bully on their way home from school one day, their lives are changed forever. Soon they are hopelessly lost, and the bully, Chad, is closing in. To defend herself and Marshall, Tamaya scoops up a handful of strange fuzzy mud and throws it in Chad's face.
It's only later when they are home that Tamaya realizes there is something strange going on. Her hand feels tingly and is covered in a rash that is getting worse by the minute.
This story is inter-cut with excerpts from senate hearings on a new fuel source called bioline. It's make of tiny microorganisms to double at an alarming rate.
Now it's a race against time to see if the characters realize the truth and get help before it's too late.
Read Louis Sachar's new book for a terrifying sci-fi mystery that seems all too plausible.