Four weeks ago Alexander’s older sister crashed her motorcycle, landing him in the hospital and her in the morgue. Along with seventeen stitches in his head, Alexander has three problems he didn’t have before the accident.
The first problem is that he’s mute. His voice still works, but his throat closes up whenever he tries to talk to someone. Navigating the sixth grade is difficult enough when you can speak and Alexander quickly becomes ostracized and an easy target for bullies.
The second two problems are more complicated. One is Mari, a blonde Japanese girl in a red sundress. The other is Seth, a twitchy boy who wears a pair of glasses with no lens. It’s only when Alexander is alone with the two of them that his voice unlocks. What makes them complicated is that he woke up in the hospital with Mari on his right, Seth on his left, and no one can see or hear them, except Alexander.
Mari and Seth want to figure out who they are, and though he truly does want to help, Alexander is terrified. After losing his sister and his voice, he’s afraid that when his head fully heals, or if he discovers who Mari and Seth really are, he’ll lose them too.