What's the story with Akhil Vyas? At first, Becky is convinced that he's the weirdest person on earth when he shows up in her English class. He refuses to sit in a chair, stares at her with his dark eyes, and has skin covered in scars. But when her best friend Omar begins to befriend him, Becky's revulsion changes to fascination. Akhil reveals that the National Institute of Health is studying him, but he can't say why-until something happens that makes him swear Omar and Becky to secrecy. Suddenly Becky isn't sure what's more shocking-Akhil's secret, or the chilling reason why he must reveal it.