Three years later, on her seventeenth birthday, Callie sets those changes into motion when she decides to have her first sexual encounter with her long-term boyfriend and best friend, TREVOR. When she returns home she begins to feel odd. Hot, dizzy and nauseated, Callie doesn't get cold medicine or a cool washcloth from her grandma. Instead, she receives the irrefutable truth that‘s been kept a secret her entire life. She’s a witch. Perhaps the most powerful ever in existence. She has the ability to master control of not one but all the elements. Including the fifth element that most don’t believe in, spirit. Her powers will act as a magnifier, bouncing the powers of her coven outward at a target, and inward at the group itself, strengthening the other members magical potential. And her untrained powers have just appeared.
Callie also learns that numerous family members, including her own parents, whose deaths appeared as mere accidents, were murdered at the hands of an evil sorcerer named BELLARY, and he‘s coming for her next. Millie tells Callie that she believes Bellary has been building an army for decades and will use them to test Callie as he has done to several witches over the years. With his ability to live off the energy caused by death and a special talent for absorbing the powers of magical beings, Bellary believes that he has become almost unmatched. Millie and the rest of the magical residents believe Callie, as the only witch ever to control spirit, is their last hope to destroy the threat to their world and live a peaceful existence.
Bellary has sworn to turn the non-magical population into an endless supply of energy and the magical community into his slaves. However, because Callie must first learn to focus all four elements before she can truly master the fifth, she has a small window of time. Millie informs Callie that due to the nature of his magic, Bellary must wait until Callie’s powers to fully mature before taking them from her or he runs the risk of another witch being able to defeat him. Thus, Callie has a small amount of time to learn what she needs to.
Callie finds that almost everyone she knows has a special gift, including her three closest friends. MELANIE a descendant of the local Native American tribe, can control the element of Earth. KEN possesses the ability to read emotions as an empathic, and has the potential to master the element of fire. EMMA a century old vampire, has speed and stealth of the element of air.
The only person left in her world that possess no magical ability and knows nothing of it’s existence, is Trevor. To protect him from Bellary, Callie is left with the only solution she can think of: to push Trevor away to keep him safe.
Though she is consumed with regret and distracted at the status of Trevor’s safety. Callie works to put her heartache aside and focus on controlling her powers. Callie and her friends form a powerful coven with Callie as their center, though the coven struggles to perform as one.
Callie and her coven uncover a rare magic running through the heart of the small town where the three rivers meet. It has the ability to draw other magical beings to it. The group maybe able to harness that power and use it to their advantage against Bellary, though it will take practice. And Callie faces a complication-her coven is still incomplete, without a person who masters the water element.
Bellary grows impatient and chooses to test Callie’s progress from his hiding place. He coordinates an attack using one of his enslaved tribal leaders from his army, and uses him to assume the form of the tribe’s totem animal, a wolf, as his weapon. Bellary hopes that even if Callie has advanced enough to foresee the attack that she will be unable to understand it enough to stop him. Callie worst fears are confirmed when Bellary chooses Trevor as the weakest target. Forcing the wolf to bite and control Trevor from his very soul.
Her inexperience in the magical world leads her to believe that the wolf was a conventional werewolf. Callie forms a plan-- if she can bind the werewolf form getting close enough to give Trevor orders to harm her, she will be able to save Trevor‘s and her own life.
The coven’s incomplete powers are unequipped for the task, and her spell goes horribly wrong. The spell, designed only for keeping physical beings away puts Callie close enough for the attack Bellary had envisioned. When the wolf orders Trevor to attack Callie or die himself, Trevor chooses to lose his own life to keep her safe. As Trevor dies Callie sees his soul escape and is left to believe the wolf is gone as well.