When traditional methods of therapy prove ineffectual in reversing autistic teen Anthony Faircloth's descent into a near catatonic state, his desperate mother contacts pyschic Mira Tejedor for help. Unrevealed traumatic events have driven young Anthony to take refuge in the recesses of his own mind, where he hides among mystical creatures in a fantasy world fabricated from his favorite piece of classical music.
Author Darin Kennedy's vivid narrative literally paints Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" on the walls of readers' minds, so they may accompany Mira on her dangerous sojourns into Anthony's subconscious, with each work of art yielding essential clues that threaten to expose the sinister forces at work in the suburbs of Charlotte, where a popular high school cheerleader has disappeared without a trace. Anthony's fixation on the progression of the characters through Mussorgsky's musical rendition of an art exhibit is played out beautifully by Kennedy's detailed and lyrical prose, which conjures up a complementary soundtrack that would rival that of any movie. Not to neglect the olfactory senses, Kennedy embues Mira with the ability to sniff out characters' emotions, which manifest themselves to her in the form of distinctive odors. Mira will need all six of her senses to put Anthony's fragmented psyche back together and to solve the complex riddles cleverly orchestrated by Kennedy.
By providing just enough of the psychic's back story and teasing out potential romantic interests and other reasons for Mira to return to Charlotte once the episode with Anthony comes to an end, Kennedy left this reader hungry for more. Mira Tejedor, like the alter ego of Scheherazade assigned to her by Anthony, has many more stories to tell.