A remote corner of the Nevada desert hides a big secret. The campus is impenetrable. Protected by armed guards and rugged terrain. Unmarked on any maps. So why are so many parents willing to give up everything to send their children to the Pioneer Academy? A guarantee. The fast track to a successful future. Tana Lyre, daughter of two esteemed diplomats, isn't interested in the future. In fact she uses every ounce of her internationally educated brain to avoid going to high school.
Getting away doesn't mean the same as getting off the hook. Especially when you leave a friend behind to clean up your mess. Guilt travels. Even via airways. So when Tana Lyre receives a desperate message from weather whiz Henry Aska Gu, she enlists her storm chasing trio to help find a way back to Pioneer, a wonderland school that has gone to great lengths not to be found.