Hey guys..I REALLY really do not enjoy synopsis writing... to the point where I've actively avoided querying agents who ask for them. (Yes that's a dumb strategy, I know).
But I think it's time I came on here and subjected myself to a total destroying of my synopsis... so ... without further ado... (I know it's bad... that's why I'm here for your help).
While on an after-dark trip to her small-town grocery store, seventeen-year-old Desirée is attacked. A young man, ADRIAN, saves her life but threatens to silence her if she tells anyone of the assault.
After months studying Desirée, Adrian realizes she isn't a threat. He offers Desirée an explanation for the attack. He and her attacker are ORPHAE, they can wield darkness like a weapon. Desirée is DRITAN and has powers fuelled by the light. The two groups have warred for centuries, but are now at a cease-fire. Her attacker had been seeking revenge for the death Adrian’s sister, whom he had loved. In harming Desirée, he violated the truce. Adrian had covered it up to prevent the war from reigniting.
When a Dritan man begins stalking Desirée, and she accidentally blasts him back with energy, she seeks out Adrian and asks him to help her control her powers. It’s treason for him to assist a Dritan, but he’s drawn to her—he agrees.
The two spend time training together and form a precarious friendship. On Desirée’s birthday, her adoptive mother reveals that someone is after her. Desirée and Adrian suspect it’s the Dritan man who was stalking her.
They decide that if a Dritan is following her, the safest place for her to hide is in the Orphae residence—a series of hidden underground tunnels outside of town. Along the way, they again encounter the Dritan man. A fight breaks out and they discover that Desirée is the Dritan heir, but that Desirée’s birth mother had spent the last years of her life hiding her away from their court. She and Adrian escape to his residence.
In the tunnels, Adrian and Desire feelings grow for one another. Adrian is conflicted by his duty to his court, and to avoid intimacy with Desirée, visits the bed of his friend-with-benefits, MEL.
When Desirée and Adrian finally talk about their feelings, ending in a kiss, Mel walks in on them, putting a wedge between Adrian and Desirée.
Things get progressively more tense within the tunnels, but Desirée finds solace in the new friends she’s made—other members of Adrian’s circle. Meanwhile, the Dritans are desperate for Desirée’s return. The truce is now moot, and they are killing off Orphae guards to get to her.
To protect her new-found friends, and in part to escape her complicated feelings with Adrian—Desirée goes with the Dritans. Adrian struggles to cope, shuts off his emotions, and focuses on his court—anticipating a war.
Among the Dritans, Desirée feels like a prisoner, not a monarch. In sneaking the grounds, she discovers that Adrian’s sister is still alive — the Dritan COUNCIL has been running experiments on her, looking for ways to augment their power, by sucking hers away.
Desirée discovers that the only reason she was wanted back at court, was so that she could be experimented on as well—due to the powers buried in her royal bloodline. The Council wants ultimate control + Power, they feel stunted by the tradition of bowing to a royal bloodline.
Desirée manages to free Adrian’s sister, and they end up back at the tunnels, where Adrian has become engaged to Mel in his effort to align himself with his responsibilities to his court.
It ends with everyone safe, Desirée acknowledges that she has chosen to side with darkness.