The series is centered on the fictional Southern Californian town of Perdido Beach, in which every human aged 15 and older vanishes.
The second book, Hunger, was released a year later, followed by the third book, Lies, on May 4, 2010.
The fourth book, Plague, was released on April 5, 2011.
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Her grandfathers car had crashed earlier when all the adults disappeared. They take her to a cave, where something the coyotes call "The Darkness" lives.
Caine, who believes he is the most powerful mutant (with telekinesis), takes a group and returns to Coates Academy, discovering that when a person turns 15, they are confronted by something they desire before vanishing.
They escape the coyotes but are captured by Drake and imprisoned within Coates Academy.
Caine encased the hands of anyone with powers who refused to join their cause, in concrete, as their powers come from their hands.
During this time, Quinn starts hanging out with people related to Caine, and betrays Sam, telling Caine of his powers.
Later, however, Quinn frees Sam and Astrid is freed from Drake, a psychopathic student at Coates Academy, by Pete (who can teleport).
The books follow the exploits of the protagonist, Sam Temple, as he battles antagonists Caine Soren and Drake Merwin, as well as a mysterious, malevolent creature, known as the Darkness or the gaiaphage (derived from Gaia, a Greek personification of the Earth, and "phage", from the Greek φαγεῖν phagein "to devour").