The person responsible for overseeing Earth, gets an alert that a powerful machine named Bannus has been turned on. He informs the 5 people who run the galaxy, the Reigners, about Bannus.
In London, a teenage girl named Ann Stavely notices something strange going on at the Hexwood Farm next door. People keep going in but not coming out. Ann wants to find out what's going on at the Hexwood Farm.
She begins to investigate the woods near the Hexwood Farm. She meets a man named Mordion. Mordion creates a boy named Hume from his blood. Ann insists that Mordion has to take care of Hume because he created him.
As time goes on, Ann witnesses more and more people go into Hexwood Farm and not come out. One day when she is with Mordion and Hume, they meet a boy named Yam. Yam tells them that the farm is in the control of Bannus, which is why mysterious things are going on at the farm.
The 5 Reigners who run the galaxy emerge. They want to stop the Bannus because they are worried about what it's going to do. While trying to deactivate the Bannus, the Reigners become controlled by the Bannus and forget who they are. They find themselves in a large forest next to Hexwood Farm with Ann and Mordion.
The Bannus turns out to be a machine that picks Reigners. The Bannus has been controlling characters and creating scenarios to see who the new Reigners will be. The Bannus must choose new Reigners to run the galaxy.
Best part of story, including ending:
What I liked about this story was that the mysterious machine turned out to be manipulating everyone. People didn't know what the machine was doing but it was selecting new leaders of the galaxy. The machine turned out to be smarter than everyone.
Best scene in story:
The best part of the book was when people would enter Hexwood Farm and not come out. This was very suspenseful because the people disappeared into the mysterious farm. The more people would go in, the more suspicious Ann would become.
Opinion about the main character:
What I liked most about Ann was that she was very brave. She had the courage to investigate the Hexwood Farm even though many people disappeared there. Her actions made her become a big part in selecting the new rulers of the galaxy.