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Two teenagers in Ilios, a country of magic and modern marvels, must stop the kidnapping and selling of therians, beings who can shape-shift into any animal. NIM, a sixteen-year-old therian, had been cursed as a baby. While most therians can shape shift at any time and into any animal, Nim is forced to be a bear throughout the day and a human at night, which is quite the inconvenience. She meets seventeen-year-old wizard, JASPER, an orphaned empath raised by an abusive mentor as part of a state run program for magic users. When his mentor abandons him, Jasper stays with Nim and her adoptive father who introduces him to a new mentor. Meanwhile, MALUM TEAGUE offers to use his vast wealth to break Nim’s curse if she comes to live with and be educated by his family. Uneasy, Jasper suspects the man is not honest about his intentions.
Wanting to keep Nim from Malum, Jasper attempts to break her curse on his own, which severely weakens him. The curse is stretched so that Nim can choose her animal form, though she is still bound by the sunrise and sunset. However, the transformation makes her violently ill. Her best chance of survival now lies with Malum and his family.
Jasper discovers that the much older Malum is sexually attracted to Nim. Concerned for her, Jasper admits that he can feel others’ emotions--including her growing romantic feelings for himself. Betrayed, Nim parts ways with Jasper.
But Jasper was right to worry about the Teagues. Malum feeds Nim the drug sweet potion which numbs her mind. His brother, AMARANTH, reveals that he had attempted to set Nim’s curse as punishment for her family’s deeds, but he was interrupted half way through. He breaks the curse now because she is more valuable as a true therian, valuable to buyers who want bodyguards, pets, and sex slaves all rolled into one attractive package.
When Jasper attempts to amend their friendship, he stumbles upon a menagerie at the Teagues’ estate. Imprisoned inside are therians cursed to be animals every day, every night until they die. One animal, a bear, is Nim’s mother, URSOLA.
After freeing the therians, Jasper and Ursola rescue Nim, but Jasper sacrifices his freedom in the process. While pretending to be under Amaranth’s spell, Jasper discovers the Teague’s schemes, how they relate to Nim’s family, and their upcoming auction if the secret passage between Ilios and the neighboring Selene is not obstructed by flooding. The arrogant Amaranth eventually sends Jasper to recapture Nim. When Jasper and Nim reunite, they visit the leader of a nearby pack. He refuses to stop the Teagues or rescue the imprisoned therians. They realize it’s because he has been selling pack members to the Teagues through SABLE, the Teagues’ sensual bodyguard. Sable had been sent to follow Jasper and now knows his plans and the full extent of his powers. Realizing that Jasper is more valuable than Nim, she returns to Amaranth and alerts him of their coming.
Believing he had successfully ambushed and enchanted Jasper and Nim with a powerful brand, Amaranth is blinded by his own conceit. He fails to realize that therians have infiltrated his estate as mice, that Malum and their sister have disappeared, and that Jasper has escaped his spell enough to flood the tunnel, trapping the buyers within the estate. After a final confrontation, Jasper kills Amaranth, though Nim fears he is the only one who knows the location of previously sold therians. Nim and Jasper are finally able to act on their feelings for one another, and Nim, planning to leave Ilios to find the missing therians, invites Jasper to join her