Fourteen-year-old Michael Stevens has never been ordinary; orphan who hears music coming from rocks considers himself a typical teenager. But life gets a lot more complicated when two-foot-tall, albi, doll-like men sneak into his room one night, transforming the harmless music into a frightening ability he cant control. Soon, strangers in black suits begin to ask unsettling questions while unnatural animals with mismatched eyes haunt the streets. They are hunting, and t just Michael: anyone he cares about is in danger. With the help of a mysterious drifter, an anying girl he's accidentally mutated, and one of those creepy doll men, Michael finds himself in the middle of a war that could forever change the world he kws--reconstructing the very definition of humanity.
Timothy Miller used to shock his teachers with his intellect, his lust for reading, and an insurmountable lack of interest in academic achievement. He left home at fifteen, worked at a dairy farm, a meatpacking plant, a pickle factory, a casino, and as a bouncer. While repairing telephone lines in New Orleans after Katrina, he began including stories in letters to his daughter. When he returned, he bought a laptop, learned to type, and found his universe forever changed.