Ketan Doss isn't like everyone else in Ed-More, but if anyone found out, they'd make him disappear. So Ketan pretends to believe that everyone is the same, that the Enforcers hunted down the animals, and that Ed-More is the safest place for him to be. Tragedy attacks, and Ketan finds himself in a forced friendship with Rhett, the school rebel. Their disdain for one another limits their capacity to work as a team, but over time, Ketan discovers his own abilities and his own identity as a shapeshifter; a Tarian. Ketan and Rhett try to find other Tarian in Ed-More before they run out of time. And before the Enforcers find out who they really are.
Scrambling to rebuild a dying species, Ketan must work with human and Tarian alike to find the others like him, reveal the lies that bind them, and find a way to overcome his own inhibitions.
Inspiration for the work:
Of all my works, none have been through the mill quite like this one. Originally named Cerkel's Enigma, I wrote the first draft when I was 16-years-old. Needless to say, that version only vaguely resembles this book. It was inspired by high school, and Animorphs, and the idea that magic should be quantifiable. That is to say, at some point, people, or magic beings (Tarians in this case) should run out.