This is book two of the Embassy Row Series. I love Ally Carter's books, but this series is my least favorite. I don't particularly care for the main character because she annoys me with running around all the time and failing to think at all--she relies completely on running away instead of engaging any brain power. In this novel, Grace's brother Jamie is home for a visit. He has always worried about his sister and has always known what happened to their mother. Grace, however, doesn't know that and feels guilty, believing her brother could only hate her. Of course, he doesn't, but they'll have to work through these feelings. Jamie brings home a friend from West Point who is murdered the first night they're home. Alexei is blamed. The novel then revolves around proving Alexei's innocence amidst a rowdy and dangerous festival the country celebrates. Noah, Megan, Lila, and Dominic are all back trying to protect Grace from herself. As they investigate the murder, they discover the history of the island as they try to stay away from the dangers of the festival. The history proves essential to the killing and attempted killings that occur in the novel. Don't get me wrong, it's a good novel--it's just not as good as Gallagher Girls or Heist Society. If you like surprises and an entertaining story with interesting characters, you'll like this novel.