Seventeen-year-old Ian Hill, the first male in a long line of witches, is a dud. His sixteenth birthday came and went, along with his hopes for a power. Any power. He would’ve settled for floating pencils.
Used to being a disappointment, Ian resigns himself to a boring suburban existence, running errands and removing garbage at his mom’s pagan supply store. Until he meets a young, independent, and talented witch named Violet. She saves Ian’s life, and awakens his weird powers, and some normal teenage hormones, too. Welcome to the world of telepathic trees, killer shadows, and ghost pet cats.
Ian’s new tree whispering Gift isn’t just unique; it’s practically extinct. But having loyal leafy allies with unmatched wisdom, protection, and healing abilities isn’t enough for Ian. To impress Violet, Ian “borrows” her treasured book of spells and tries a shortcut to master more magic. His attempt ends in a wildfire, and Violet, betrayed and hurt, disappears from his life.
As if a broken heart isn’t enough, Ian learns he is a target of the Dark Soul Stealers—powerful occultists seeking to unleash denizens of demonic realms onto this world. Ian’s powers may be the missing ingredient they need to succeed. Without Violet’s training, Ian fails to prevent the destruction of his hometown and his mom falling gravely ill. But as he races to save his mom and to find Violet, his adversaries present him with an impossible deal: his mother’s life in exchange for his soul.