The teenage years can be a stressful time. However, for Lyssa Brunner, life is pretty smooth. She is an only child and has parents that cherish her and sees to it that she has the best of everything.She is sixteen years old, a little shy, a little nerdy, and a lot naïve. She enjoys school, where she is a model student making good grades. She looks forward to attending book and chess club meetings, playing online video games, going to the occasional sci-fi or fantasy movie, and hanging with friends. All typical teen activities. Her biggest worry in life is getting a zit.She also has a secret crush on the captain of the football team. It is her first crush and as with a lot of teens, this will be a time of many firsts for her: first crush, first date, first kiss, even her first heartbreak - all normal events for a teenaged girl.Her life is ordinary and predictable. Safe.Until one day it isn’t.Until one bright fall morning, there is a loud crash as something designated a “freak accident” slams into her house, wounding her mother and shattering her perception of her world.Until she discovers something outrageous about her family, something that has been withheld from her “for her own good”.And, thus, she discovers a totally unexpected “first”, something of which she would never have dreamed, something that is seemingly impossible. Something involving another world, a different existence.Adjustment is hard, and in the end, there is a final “first”.