From the author of Five Flavors of Dumb (2010), comes a post-apocalyptic tale of a world decimated by plague where the survivors live on islands off the East Coast. Sixteen-year-old Thomas resides on Hatteras in a colony protected by a group of adults known as the Guardians. They treat him like an untouchable because he is the only person who lacks the power to control one of the four elements: earth, wind, water, or fire. When the Guardians are kidnapped by pirates, it is up to Thomas and a small group of teens to save them. In the fight that ensues, Thomas learns he is not as powerless as he and the others thought.