Brandon Jefferys summer started out with a bang--as in, a friend crashed his car and now he has to work two jobs to pay it off. Its at Fascination Street Records that hes introduced to a beautiful but quiet girl named Marvel. Shes new to Hidden Cove and looking for a summer job, so Brandon secretly strikes a deal with their boss to work for free so she can be hired.
When a classmate is found murdered, however, their summer takes a turn for the mysterious. Brandons friend Devon is sure he knows just whos to blame: the creepy recluse of the town quarry. But the police have few leads, and Brandon has the sneaking suspicion hes being watched.
Thats not whats in the forefront of on his mind, though. More than trying to pay off his car to his unemployed, alcoholic father and protecting Seth Belcher from the school bullies, hes determined to date Marvel. He doesnt understand why they seem so close and she refuses to date him, but as the mystery behind her tragic past begins to unravel, Marvel finally confesses her reason: God has revealed shes destined to die saving others--and its going to be soon.