When Danny Jones, a sixteen year old African American boy, refused to become a victim of a drive-by shooting and defended himself by means he couldn't comprehend his troubles just began. At some level Danny always knew that magic was real and the fairy tales were true accounts of the past but he never dreamed that he was going to step into a dark and twisted tale where the happy ending was far from certain, everybody was not what they seemed, and people used magic for all sorts of things, ranging from cutting hair to controlling half of the world's economy through a vast network of ruthless sociopaths.
Sam, a self-described people investor, takes Danny under his wing and teaches him about magic and history he knows from being in the middle of every pivotal moment of the last century. Sam is desperately trying to keep Danny safe as an endless parade of people with magic abilities, one more dangerous than the other, is trying to kill or enslave him.
We follow Danny for seven days as he's trying to survive, adapt to his new life, and sort out his feelings for Helen, a young woman of Danny's age. At the end, after causing the deaths of several people he cares about and learning from a DNA test unsettling facts about his pedigree, the pressure becomes too much for Danny and he becomes suicidal. Only Helen's intuition can save him but in doing so she might lose her own life.
where to start.
You're opening with the start of the book which is probably not the most compelling thing. The hook here is that Danny has seven days to adjust to the new world he finds himself in when he discovers he's part of the magic world.