After a terrifying car accident in which his mother disappears, presumed dead, Jacob goes to live with his white aunt and uncle in the midwest. It's a hard transition for him, made harder by his classmates' racism and his own burgeoning magic powers. I would have liked this a lot more without the infodumps about magic, not least because the magic has an unexpectedly Christian basis. And this contains two of my least favorite aspects of Christianity: some people are born evil, and keeping people ignorant and then being angry when they make poor decisions based on their lack of knowledge. It seems unfair and counterproductive to lay down strange rules, provide no explanation for them, and then act angry when these (seemingly silly and inconsequential) rules get broken.