The plot of this book is about Luke, a "shadow child" who cannot be seen by the government and the "Population Police."Soon trouble arises when the government tears down the Garner families farm and the new rich neighbors, and Barons move. Due to the new neighbors and the increase in people who could see Luke, Luke is forced to hide in his room, which is the attic. While Luke is in the attic he discovers that there is another "shadow" child in his neighbor, George Tablot's residence. Soom after Luke meets Jen and they become friends. While being friends with Jen he finds out about a major rebellion where Jen and other shadow children from around the country are going to be in. When Jen pleads Luke to participate in it he denies resulting in Jen continuing with the rebellion despite Luke's warnings. Later on Luke feels bad and looks for Jen to apologize to,thus triggering the house security alarm when Luke breaks in. Luke finds out that Jen was killed in the rebellion. After upon hearing this the "Population Police" arive at Jen's house and search for any shadow children. They do not find Luke. After the incident George Tablot creates a fake ID for Luke to escape in order to protect his family and friends, in which he tries to help other shadow children like him.