Luke Garner, an illegal third child, tries to fit into life where the government rules. They make a law that third children are not allowed, because of food shortage. That means all the third children have to hide, and if the Population Police ever find them, they would be dead. Luke's neighbor, Mr. Talbot, a Population Police who is secretly giving Third Children fake I.D.'s and helping them along their back, helps Luke by sending him to a school called "Hendrick's School of Boys." Luke misses his home, and he starts to make a garden because his parents made a garden at his house. One day, while Luke goes outside to check on his garden, he sees that it is ruined. He then hears voices so he hides behind a tree. There comes a boy who picked on Luke, called "Jackal Boy", and soon Luke becomes "friends" with Jackal Boy (Jason). Then he learns that Jason is making a way to help Third Children. Luke feels this is his chance to help Jen, a former friend of his.
This report prepared by Kristie Crofoot