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The near future is progressively free from discrimination based on race, class, and sexual orientation. But in a world populated by the gifted, fifteen-year-old Alejandro Aragon (Al ) is part of the only remaining minority-he's a Deficient. Powerless. The one that accelerated genetics left behind.Al knows that he'll need a miracle to graduate and pursue his dream of a legal career in the capital. His only ally is his best friend Yalamba, an outspoken and exceptionally gifted artist renowned for her unique ability to draw things into existence. But when she's kidnapped in a hate crime against her ability, it appears that Al has every motive and no believable alibi.To prove his innocence and track down the real culprit, Al teams up with the other outcasts in school, who each have their own reasons for getting involved. But the deeper they dig, the more they fear Yalamba's kidnapping is linked to a string of unsolved murders against the exceptionally gifted.With time running out, Al must discover who he really is if he and his new friends plan to track down the culprit, clear his name, and rescue Yalamba-all before she herself is drawn out of existence.