When the sirens blare at Cayla's school, she knows that someone has crossed the Lucretias, and the crime family is there to take their vengeance. Huddled with her classmates, she waits for the inevitable to pass. Except when the Lucretias knock down the door to her own classroom, Jon Lucretia, heir to the dark dynasty, catches sight of Cayla - and decides to claim her as his own. Taken as a prisoner into their opulent and guarded estate, Cayla must decide how to fight for her life, and her heart.
For 17-year-old Juniper White, the question has always been all but impossible to answer. The daughter of two con artists, she has spent her childhood moving from home to home, from name to name, and is finally - finally! - about to finish high school and decide, once and for all, if she wants to join her parents in their life of crime.
Alone in the isolated northern manor of Northcumbria, newlywed Laura cannot figure out who to trust. The harsh, sour housekeeper, Miss Tates, who seems to be hiding a secret? The mysterious visitor Mr. Humbold, who claims to be the family banker with a pressing contract she must sign? Or her husband, already off on business, who seems to have suddenly lost interest in her?
"It was dark. He had pulled the curtain over the window, like usual, to keep out the light of the moon. Still he could feel it pulsing behind the thick layers of fabric, like water backing up at a dam, ready to explode at any second. But he had been careful. He had shut the window, too, so no faint ripple of wind could sweep back the curtains, and allow in the moonlight. "The precaution wasn't for himself, of course. It was for Him. Just in case." Deep in the woods, the boy lives alone.
"No, just NO! What a bad book!"
Too late, Lucy realizes the object of her father's hunt: the gold key. Pursued by a wicked witch and a band of thieves out of town and into the forest, Lucy must somehow find a way to bring the key back to her father before it is too late. But as she discovers its mysteries, she wonders: Should it even be used at all?