Rachel Buchanan was never really a delinquent, she was just misunderstood. The judge didn’t see it that way, though. That’s how Rachel ended up at Blackthorn academy. Blackthorn wasn’t like a regular high school; it had classes like code theory and microelectronics, and the headmaster, Mr. Kim, knew Rachel’s life story from the minute she walked through the door. Then the FBI showed up and Mr. Kim disappeared. Rachel begins to realize that doing time might not be her only reason for being at Blackthorn.