When Melantha Caldwell turns sixteen she will come into her spell-turner powers. It should be the happy event she'd looked forward to her whole life, but Mel no longer wants anything to do with magic. A sorcerer killed her mother. She just wants to be a normal fifteen year old, living a normal life in Ottawa, doing normal things like going to high school, and having a boyfriend. Being a teen girl with a social life is not something Mel's Gran will let her have. So when an elf from the Magic Council arrives to ask Mel to help him catch her mother's killer, Mel tells him she's not interested. But in the asking, the elf reveals that Mel attends the same school as the son of the killer. This has her intrigued because the boy happens to be the wimpiest kid in school. And when the elf offers to take away Mel's overbearing Gran so she can get the job done, Mel agrees. It's finally her chance to experience some freedom, to live a normal life. If only it were that simple . . . If Mel doesn't catch the sorcerer, he will succeed in his plan to remove magic from all spell-turners, and as much as she hates magic, Mel knows she can't let the sorcerer succeed or she'll lose everyone she cares about. Forever.