The world is changing -- the government has seized control of almost everything and kids are disappearing. For fifteen-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside-down when they are thrown into a secret compound. The new government is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Imprisoned together in a decrepit cell, Wisty and Whit cling to the only things they have left -- a blank book, a drum stick, and each other. While searching for ways to escape, both begin exhibiting strange abilities. Maybe there is a reason they were singled out! Can Wisty and Whit, a witch and a wizard, master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents -- and maybe the world?