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At first, it seems like a normal day at Fairmont High School. Seventeen-year-old SARA O’NEILL’s parents continue to be overly concerned about her college prospects, her archnemesis CECILY ROBERTS continues to be a jerk, and she continues to be unable to have a decent conversation with her crush, ALAN REY.
But things change when Sara arrives in the library for history. Cecily picks up a weird, out-of-place book and, seemingly possessed by it, leaves class. Meanwhile, Sara’s best friend, ALI KENDALL, starts hearing someone whispering her name when in the library, though there’s no one to be seen.
Sara tries to avoid Cecily and her creepy book, but is thrust directly into her sights when Ali convinces Sara to try out for the school musical to improve her college prospects and she is cast as the lead.
Cecily, enraged at Sara seemingly coming in and stealing the lead from her, comes up with increasingly complicated ways to get Sara to drop--or be kicked out--of the musical, culminating in a fight in the hallway. Ali, always defensive of the more passive Sara, goes out of her way to make sure Cecily gets what karma owes her. Besides, protecting Sara from Cecily gives her something else to concentrate on besides the now-threatening whispers in the library, and the way she feels ill every time she goes in. Eventually, Ali gives in and tells Sara about the haunting, but Sara is unable to come up with a logical reason to explain it away.
Cecily begins ditching chemistry. Sara can see her heading out to the Bleachers, but when confronted Cecily insists she was in class and has the work to back the statement up. Ali continues her one-woman crusade to teach Cecily a lesson, which leads to a fight between Sara and Ali when Sara feels Ali has gone too far. Cecily screams at Ali, saying she’ll get what she deserves. And then, the next day, Ali disappears.
Sara continues to get letters from Ali in her locker, worrying about where she is and what has happened and who a redheaded girl is. Cecily seems to be the only other person in the school affected by Ali’s disappearance. When Sara, in a fit of desperation, asks Cecily to help with a seance--something she had promised Ali but never gotten to--she is surprised when Cecily agrees. But the Ouija Board tells them they can’t have Ali back.
Sara presses Cecily for information, and Cecily reveals that the book she found was a spellbook and, annoyed with Ali’s attempts at revenge, she used a spell from the book to banish Ali to a shadow world. She swears she didn’t think it would work--the hard spells never had before--and is now willing to help Sara get Ali back. Sara, who has never believed in ghosts or spells or anything of the like, even after Ali told her about the haunting, has a hard time believing Cecily’s tale. But she has no other leads, so she’s forced to accept it, especially after finding a seemingly related ghost story about a local witch.
With the spellbook and Cecily’s help, Sara locates the portal to the shadow world and goes through to find Ali. The shadow world is the creation of MARTHA WADBY, a witch whose spell to grant immortality went wrong when she was executed, and who is forced to feed off the living to maintain her existence. Sara finds Ali but also redheaded Martha, who is infuriated by Sara coming into her domain. She attacks, but Cecily arrives to help, though she brings the spellbook--Martha’s spellbook--in with her. If Martha can get her hands on the book, she will be able to leave the shadow world and wreak further havoc. Ali, Sara, and Cecily attempt to get back to the portal but are forced into a confrontation with Martha; in it, the book is destroyed, and the shadow world collapses.
The girls make it through the portal at the last moment. Martha, too, survives, but as a shade, unable to do anything except whisper her final words over and over.
The experience has changed them all--Sara has realized that there are things worth fighting for and that she’s strong enough to do so. And while the wrongs of the past aren’t erased, the three girls are able to start moving towards resolution and, maybe someday, friendship.