Gabby has spent her life knowing she was different, a
freak burdened with the ability to feel other people’s emotions.
Since her mother’s suicide when Gabby was small, she has been passed from one foster family to
another. Now a pariah at her school, she has found that the only
way to release the bombardment of other people’s emotions is by cutting herself. Ashamed of her weakness, Gabby has given up on finding anyone who will
understand her, and then she meets the new boy, Jace Carter.
Gabby hesitantly agrees to tutor the new boy and finds
that there is more to Jace than just a handsome face. She learns of
the terrible car accident that killed Jace’s mother, put his sister Jasmine in a coma and left Jace terrified of
cars. Jace discovers Gabby’s scars from cutting herself and
surprises her when he still wants to be her friend. He soon reveals
that he too feels what other people are feeling, but unlike Gabby, it is their physical pain that Jace
Jace introduces Gabby to his father, a doctor who teaches
Gabby methods of channeling the emotions without cutting herself.
Gabby believes that with practice she may be able to help bring Jasmine out of her coma and Jace finds himself
torn between his desire for his sister’s return and his fear for Gabby’s safety. Jace helps Gabby practice channeling emotions so that she will become strong
enough to help Jasmine, but just as Gabby’s abilities become strong enough, she is nearly killed in a car
accident of her own. Awaking to find Jace sitting by her bedside
and channeling her pain away, she begins to realize the true depth of his feelings for her.