As if waking up in the middle of a terrible hangover, Scions Elizabeth, Marty and Abigail open their eyes inside a school bus that seemingly crashed in the middle of nowhere – truth to be told, that “nowhere” is also known as the Mojave Desert, not far from California. No one can explain how they got there; Abigail is as far as she can humanly think from her natural British habitat. Yet, as Scions, weird things happen all the time so after a brief introduction the three try to figure out what’s going on. The driver is dead; his spirit tells Marty they weren’t supposed to be on the vehicle. Last thing he remembers is a big car ramming into the school bus then his skull cracked on the steering wheel. Also, the kids are missing: their backpacks are still in the bus.