The novel is based around the main character of Addie, who has lived most of her life in a government facility called the "Senses Bureau". Born with a highly attuned sense of touch, any living object she touches she can turn into. Now at the age of 18 her best friend Porter, who also lives in the facility and has a highly attuned sense of direction, says he'll grant her one wish for her birthday. Given much more freedom then Addie, Porter has lived more then half his life in the outside world and knows much more about reality than Addie. Yearning for answers about herself, Addie asks Porter for him to tell her about her family and her past. Reluctant but loyal, Porter ends up telling Addie that she has a twin sister. Determined to find her sister, Addie ventures forth into the real world in search of her sister and in search of answers. On the journey to find her sister Addie not only finds herself, but finds the destiny she was always meant to have.
The boy walked over to the girl on the ground and touched her head. He had heard her screams, had her heard commotion and cries of distress. She had a bump on her foerhead, but nothing too serious. He pressed down on the bump feeling the pain in the girl’s head.
It was an impulse, the boy could feel, just a knee-jerk reaction, but the girl whom he had been touching abrubtly shifted into a brown terrier. The terrier snapped at the boy’s hand examining the new attacker.
The angelic boy stared at the terrier in wonder. The terrier instantly put its head back down on the pavement and the brunette girl reappered. The boy smiled down at her and put his hand over her head again. Closing his eyes, the boys head was soon full of pain as he absorbed all the pain she had taken from the blow to the head. Feeling the pain for a minute or so, the experienced boy then stored the pain inside the corner of his heart that was impervious. It was the corner untouched by anything else, where no pain would ever resurface.
He watched as a small smile of relief appeared on the unconscious girl as she fell into the deep sleep that came with having pain instantly relieved. The boy smiled at the girl at peace and was reminded of his importance, of the good that he could do in the world.
The boy then looked over her quickly to see if the girl had substained any more injuries, and his eye caught a small heart on a silver chain around her neck. Lifting the heart ever so gently he noticed the engraved letters on its surface.
“Addie,” the boy whispered as he spoke the girl’s name on the heart. “Addie, who are you?”
Then the sun’s surface peaked its face onto the street and at once the boy knew that a new dawn was truly beginning