Joel’s schoolmates call him “Crazy Moonie.”
Plagued by his internal voices, Joel has yet to find freedom at the one place his father declared could cure him. In fact, he finds the cure worse than the disease, and his reformatory school’s attempts at brainwashing soon convince him that escape is his only chance to find a remedy.
With the help of an insider, Joel journeys to a place he was told does not exist. Along the way, he picks up three unusual companions—a man who speaks in riddles, a hotheaded brunette, and her sickly brother.
Each guards their own secrets as the four arrive in the mysterious region of Waiz where obvious conflicts between the North and South are brewing. As Joel explores traditional Old Waiz and unconventional New Waiz in search of his antidote, he becomes entangled in a heinous crime.
Meanwhile, the headmaster is desperate to get him back and uses his past love as bait. Now hunted by the headmaster and the Watchman of Waiz, Joel is forced to decide whether freedom is within his grasp or if his greatest fear is true—Am I really crazy?
Joel: “Crazy,” “disturbed,” “stupid,” “pathetic.” These are the last names the seventeen-year-old redhead has been given at the Temple of Differe School. The voices in his head incline him to believe these labels are true until he hears of a place that could set him free.
Augustine Bennett: This dark-haired beauty masks her hurt from a painful past with arrogance and a sharp tongue, which she typically directs at Joel. She travels to Waiz with the other three as her brother’s caregiver.
Sebastian Bennett: This young boy’s sweet personality balances out his sister’s fiery tongue. He journeys to Waiz to elude Differe’s poisons of cooler temperatures and toxic emotions, which have been deadly to his crippled frame since birth.
Corwin Atticus: The burly mountain man is the trio’s guide to Waiz. His elusive language intrigues and ruffles his companions throughout their adventures.
Isabelle Chanton: This willowy blond was hidden with Joel in Moonstruck before she was eventually released as the headmaster’s singing puppet. She was Joel’s best friend before she forfeited their relationship in order to keep her temple status.
Sarah Harte: The music teacher at the temple and the accused “insider” that helped Joel escape.
Delano Dark: The headmaster of the temple who holds an aura much like his name.
Emerson Louis: The history professor at the temple and Headmaster Dark’s closest counselor.
Holt Langston: Joel’s brawny archenemy and Isabelle’s possessive beau.
Haskell Rutherford: A quirky, round shopkeeper in Old Waiz and Joel’s first boss.
Andropolis Fidel: The scar-faced apprentice of the New Waiz Order, eager to gain membership and redeem his family name.