John Drayven is a student who will do anything to protect his autistic brother. Mina Vargas desperately wants to prove she’s nothing like her fugitive father.
When a scientist clandestinely injects them with Vector, a genetic altering serum, John and Mina start to change. He has visions of his dead sister warning that his family is in danger and suffers from bouts of anger. She has visions of a Faction assassin hunting them and a woman who will die unless they act.
But the scientist who injected them left clues—symbols on the sides of buildings only visible to them. As John and Mina try to figure out what’s happening to them and decipher the symbols, they must hide in plain sight from the Faction hunter trying to kill them.
John must also fight another altered person, Silas, who uses dreams to stoke John’s anger into rage and turn him into a killer.
Suspended FBI agent Paul Taylor has two weeks until his trial. He’ll have to prove he didn’t kill his partner or steal $64 million in diamonds, and that a traitor within the FBI framed him. But there are three huge obstacles: he doesn’t remember the last 48 hours of his undercover mission against the Ndrangheta mafia; there’s no proof a traitor exists; and he’s not entirely sure he didn’t commit those crimes.
His best friend, FBI agent Shelly Evans, is the only one who believes him. After the FBI psychiatrists failed to help Paul, she convinces him that he needs a quiet place to repair his fragmented mind. She gets him a temporary teaching job at the private boarding school her daughter attends while she hunts for the traitor.
As Shelly and Paul race to solve their respective mysteries, the traitor uses lies, deceit, and murder to thwart them and hide his existence. Meanwhile, killers from the Ndrangheta hunt Paul. They’re determined to kill him and everyone he cares about in retribution for Paul killing a member of their family.
Darby is a former teacher who first used his stories to motivate inner city students to enjoy reading. Darby’s many interests include science, world politics, and technology. A Florida native, Darby now lives in North Carolina.