When Tillemina Shaw arrives back at the Carnival compound after eight years away, she discovers that it's very different to when she lived there as a child. For a start, her teenage crush, Cal, is now the head chef, and he's still annoyed with her for leaving without saying goodbye.
Everyone except Cal welcomes her back with open arms, pleased that she’s returned. Only problem is that Cal’s right to be suspicious – she’s spying for their enemies, and what she learns while she’s there will be used to destroy the Carnival once and for all.
Tilly’s secret has the power to hurt everyone in the Jolly Carnival. Will she keep it, or will Cal convince her to trust the Carnival again?