|Alias(es)||Daniel Jones, John Smith, Jobie Frey, James Hughes, Donald, John Kent|
|Relatives||Liren (father); Lara (mother); unnamed grandparents; Henri (guardian); Bernie Kosar (pet); Sarah Hart (formerly), Number Seven (partner)|
"'I'm not Pittacus Lore,' I say through gritted teeth. 'I am Number Four. I'm the one who kills you.'" -John Smith, United as One
Number Four, more commonly known as John Smith, is the titular character of I Am Number Four, the main protagonist in The Lorien Legacies series, and a recurring character in The Lorien Legacies Reborn series. John is fourth in line of the Nine Garde Children who escaped from Lorien during the Mogadorian invasion. He is portrayed by Alex Pettyfer in the film adaptation and by Brett Temple in the book trailers.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Legacies
- 5 Loric Chest
- 6 History
- 7 Gallery
For most of the series, John Smith is described as tan, "with his square jaw, shaggy dark blond hair, and blue eyes". Like all of the Nine Loric, he has four scars around his right ankle from the four deceased Garde. He looks slightly different in The Lorien Legacies Reborn series. Taylor Cook is the first to see John in Generation One, "His sandy-blond hair had grown out...and a patchy beard covered his cheeks." One of his most notable features is a scar identical to Setrákus Ra's, stretching around his neck. He received it from Ra’s bladed Voron noose and will bear it for the rest of his life, as any injuries acquired from Voron cannot be healed.
John’s Cêpan, Henri, describes him as a reckless person who sometimes lacks impulse control. It is implied that he has a good heart through the constant actions he takes to save and protect others. However John can be foolish at times and is told by Number Six that he can be selfish, her example being when he left her to fight Mogadorians on her own so he could see Sarah in The Power of Six, and when he refuses to join her going to Spain in order to retrieve his Loric Chest. In Nine's Legacy, John is bewildered when Number Nine shows enjoyment in killing Mogadorians. This leads Nine to the conclusion that John can be judgmental.
Sarah Hart was John major girlfriend in the series. After the demise of Sarah, John focused on fighting primarily and vowed to take revenge for Sarah's death, showing his true love for her.
Four and Six shared multiple intimate moments throughout the main series after Sarah's death.
Towards the end of the main series, there have been hints, that John and Marina could be a possible girlfriend.
- Enhancement: All Loric possess enhanced physical strength, speed, senses, reflexes, and endurance.
- Anima: The ability to communicate with animals using his mind. While this is the third Legacy he discovers, it is the first he develops, unknowingly feeling the pull of this power before fleeing the Florida Keys when he is feeding a small herd of Key deer.
- Lumen: This Legacy enables John to produce light and fire. This ability can also give him invulnerability to heat and flames. It is the first Legacy John discovers, but the second that he develops. It is his main power in combat.
- Telekinesis: The ability to move objects with his mind. This should be the first Legacy every Garde develops when they come of age; however, John took about a month and a half to develop it after his Lumen, having developed his Lumen in September and his telekinesis in late November.
- Extrasensory Perception - The ability to gather information not gained through physical senses.
- Ximic: The rarest and most powerful of Legacies. With it, John can duplicate the Legacy of another Garde simply from having previously seen someone using the ability.
- Recupero: He has developed the Legacy that allows a Garde to heal the injuries and ailments of others and give life to dead plants. When fully developed, he could even use it to rapidly heal himself at an accelerated rate. John mimicked this Legacy from Marina.
- Novis: A Legacy that allows him to shift his body—as well as anything or anyone they're touching—out of the visible light spectrum. John mimicked this Legacy from Six.
- Petras: This Legacy enables Garde to turn anything or anyone into stone that they focus their gaze upon. It must be used with great caution. John mimicked this Legacy from Daniela.
- Avex: The ability to fly through the air. John mimicked this Legacy from Five.
- Dreynen: With this incredibly rare ability, John can temporarily cancel out the Legacies of other Garde. John mimicked this Legacy from Ella.
- Telepathy: The ability to communicate with others using only one's mind. John mimicked this Legacy from Ella.
- Glacen: The ability to freeze water molecules to create ice seemingly out of nowhere. John mimicked this Legacy from Marina.
- Sturma: The power to manipulate the elements. John mimicked this Legacy from Six.
- Terric: The ability to send vibrations through the ground to create tectonic shockwaves. John mimicked this Legacy from Adam.
- Air Vanishing The ability to become one with the wind. John mimicked this Legacy from Miki.
- Loric Crystal: The Loric Crystal is described as "a rock that is probably six inches long, two inches thick, perfectly smooth and oblong, clear on the outside but cloudy in the center." When it comes in contact with John, the smoky substance inside will roil and warm. The smoke seems to be connected to Loralite, as the pendants will heat up as well. When the stone is spread across John's body, he manages to gain more control and restraint on his Legacy of Lumen.
- Macrocosm: This is part of the communication system the Garde are supposed to use when they unite; the Macrocosm works as the receiver of the Red Crystal, which works as the transmitter. The Macrocosm shows Lorien's solar system and when another Garde opens their Chest, the solar system morphs into a microcosm of Earth, revealing the locations of the other Garde on Earth as long as their Chest is open. The only other Garde known to have the Macrocosm in their Chest is Number One. This causes an error in the storyline as Henri told John this item was not part of his inheritance and that he had slipped it in the last time they opened the Chest for safekeeping.
- Diamond Blade Dagger: A four-inch blade that wraps itself around the user's wrist and is sharper than any blade on Earth and can also break a Mogadorian sword.
- Xitharis: Made from one of Lorien's moons, it is a pale, waxy rock that can transfer Legacies from one Garde to another for about an hour. However, it only works on other Loric.
- Red Bracelet: A bracelet made with red crystals strung onto it that senses danger and can expand into an arm-brace and a six-foot shield that is bulletproof among other things. John relied heavily on his red bracelet. It was destroyed by Andrakkus Sutekh in The Revenge of Seven.
- Sustenance - A small blue cube that provides hydration for the user when put in one's mouth.
- Healing Stone - A small, black stone that heals almost any injury created with the intention to hurt or kill. However, it must be used promptly after infliction and causes double the original pain while healing. The stone works on both humans and Loric.
- Loric Salt - Small pebbles that when placed under the tongue provide the user with a short burst of energy, strength, relief of pain, and temporary immunity to Mogadorian daggers. However, the pebbles dissolve quickly and using Legacies rapidly diminish the Loric Salt's effects.
Number Four is living in the Florida Keys under the name Daniel Jones when Number Three is killed. He jumps off a boat after saying goodbye to a local girl named Tara and swims back to his beach house, where his Keeper Henri is already waiting. They pack up their belongings and burn their old identities, leaving early that morning. Four reflects on how much he will miss Florida. Before they go, he feeds celery to a small group of Key deer, and feels a strange sensation when one of them looks directly at him. They drive for thirty hours to get to Paradise, Ohio, where Four chooses the name John Smith.
They move into a house on the outskirts of town and John meets Annie Hart, the realtor. She tells him to look for her daughter at Paradise High School. John chooses to go to school the next day, rather than help Henri settle in. He meets Sarah Hart, a junior whose hobby is taking pictures around the school. A dog approaches John that morning, but it only watches him go to school from a distance. In his astronomy class, John confronts Mark James, the local football star and bully of the high school. The interaction triggers John's first Legacy, which manifests as lights glowing in his hands. Henri comes to the school to pick him up in response to a text, but John left his backpack in the classroom. He realizes that Mark probably stole his phone.
Henri explains that John's Legacy is Lumen, which, in time, will make him immune to heat and fire. They open the Loric Chest together and use a Loric crystal to spread the Lumen throughout the rest of his body. As the crystal spreads the Legacy, John sees visions of his home world Lorien. He watches it get invaded shortly before a dog shows up on their doorstep and he wakes up. John and Henri decide to adopt the dog and they call him Bernie Kosar. In the mornings, BK begins to do a sort of patrol routine, which John dismisses. Henri leaves that following morning to withdraw money from Columbus, Ohio, leaving John to go to school by himself.
At school, John's Lumen is triggered when he confronts Mark about his phone, and he is forced to hide in the bathroom until he finally decides to wear the gardening gloves Henri gave him. He finds himself sitting with Sam Goode at lunch, and quickly realizes that Sam is the target of Mark and the football team's bullying. John stands up for Sam when they throw meatballs at them, but can do little to defend Sam when he comes to learn that Mr. Harris, the school's principal, cares more about publicity than student comfort. Both outsiders, John and Sam slowly start to bond. John also bonds with Sarah in their home economics class, where she tells him her two-year period of dating Mark and how detrimental that was to her life.
Sarah asks John to come with her to the Halloween festival, to which he does. During the festival, Sam and Henri exchange their theories about aliens until Sam mentions the Mogadorians. Henri tells John to look into that. John goes on a themed haunted hayride with Sarah, her friend Emily Knapp, and Sam. They get attacked in the woods by Mark and his football players, but John overpowers all of them easily in a fight. Sam notices John's hands are glowing in the woods, but John tells him that they are just gloves. After saving Sarah from the football players, they kiss and slowly begin to form a relationship. Sam starts to avoid John after that, and when John comes to his house to ask about ''They Walk Among Us'', the magazine Sam heard about the Mogs from, he even holds John at gunpoint, believing he is an alien. John says he sounds crazy and forgives Sam, and the two spend the day together. Sam finally tells John the reason he is so interested in aliens: his father Malcolm Goode disappeared eight years ago and Sam believes he was abducted.
Henri fears that John's Legacies are not developing at the rate they should be, as it has been months and his telekinesis still has not arrived. After getting the info about ''They Walk Among Us'', Henri drives to Athens to find the writers on Thanksgiving. John goes to Sarah's and plans to meet Henri there for dinner, but he never shows up. Worried about Henri, John finally develops his Legacy of Telekinesis, accidentally breaking Sarah's camera with it. When he leaves back for his house, he checks the Chest to make sure it stays locked when he tries to open it, confirming that Henri is alive. Finding no other options, John calls Sam and asks him for help to get to Athens. Because both of them are fifteen, they drive illegally in Sam's dad's truck. In Athens, John fights his way through the editors' house and finds Henri in the basement. After using his telekinesis to save Sam from being pushed down the stairs and explaining to Sam who they really are, they interrogate on of the editors, finding notes about the Garde. One of these notes has John's Number with a question mark beside it, but does not elaborate.
The three Mogs the editor mentioned arrive in the basement, and John uses his strength to carry Sam and Henri and leap away from the house before the Mogs can see them. Arriving back in Paradise, Sam swears he will be an ally to the Garde. Henri tells John they need to move because the Mogs are too close by, but John refuses to leave Sarah and Sam, even using his telekinesis to pin Henri to a wall. Henri is actually amazed and proud of John for fighting so hard to stay, but insists that he has to take training more seriously and that if anything else comes up, they will leave with no argument.
Over winter break, John and Sarah spend more time together. Henri explains one night that the Loric fall in love for life, and tells John to be wary of that happening with him and Sarah. John begins to have more visions of Lorien, and sees a second, much older ship take off. The ship is being loaded with shapeshifting Loric animals called Chimærae, and when he tells Henri, the Keeper explains that it makes sense that the ship probably launched from the Loric Museum of Space Exploration, but he doubts it made it anywhere because of the ancient fuel they were using. John also goes on more runs, and finds himself always falling behind Bernie Kosar, who disappears into the bushes and reappears right in front of him.
At the start of the second semester, John, Sam, Sarah, and Emily are invited to a party at Mark's house. At the party, John gets Sam to finally make a move on Emily. This causes Sam to accidentally knock over a candle when he tries to kiss Emily, and they are forced to flee the house. John goes back in to save Sarah, immune to the fire but still getting injured from debris. When he gets her safely to the school, John explains his origins to Sarah, and she accepts him. Back at the house, John gets questioned by a nosy journalist named Baines, and he even lies to Henri about going back in to save Sarah.
That weekend, Henri tells John that the editors from ''They Walk Among Us'' were brutally murdered by the Mogs. They also find a news story about a girl in Argentina named Sofia Garcia disappearing after saving a man from a slab of concrete. John's injuries from the burning house grow worse, but he cannot tell Henri or he will have to tell the truth about going back in the house. Henri figures it out anyway that next school week when John gets a fax asking: Are You Number 4? Ignoring Mr. Harris, John leaps out of the window upon hearing Henri's truck. He makes it back to the house to find Mark there, watching a video of John save Sarah and Mark's two dogs Dozer and Abby from the fire. Knowing the Mogs are coming to the school, John goes back to save Sarah. They find themselves surrounded and trapped by the Mogadorians, but are saved when Number Six arrives; the fax was from her.
Six helps them fight the Mogs and is healed by Henri when he arrives, Mark and BK accompanying him. They try to escape from the school through a tunnel beneath the gym, but the Mogadorian soldiers arrive just before they get to the exit. Six reveals her Major Legacy Sturma and creates a series of aggressive, sentient storms to fight the Mogs—faces literally form in some of the clouds she creates. John manages to escape into the forest and makes it outside of the Mogadorians' domain. He fights and kills a Mog soldier in the woods, and is saved by Sam, who reveals he drove to the school when he saw them come down the street with their trucks full of beasts. Sam goes to save Six. John later watches as Bernie Kosar reveals himself to be a Chimæra and fight one of the giant beasts. This also reveals that John's Legacy of Anima has finally manifested. John and Henri kill the creature and save BK. All of the Loric—including Six—injured by the magical Mog daggers, BK severely mauled by the Mog beast, and Sarah and Mark somewhere hidden in the school, John and Henri are forced to retreat onto the football field, where the rest of the Mogs are waiting.
John uses his Legacy of Anima to communicate with the Mogadorian beast on the field and gets it to fight the abusive Mogs. As the Mogs fire on their own war beast, Henri is hit fatally in the crossfire. He tells John that he is so proud of him for the brave Garde he has grown up to be. Henri tells him that all he needs to know is in his Inheritance and letter, that they can win the war, and he would not have traded the time they spent together for anything in the world. Sarah kills a surviving Mog scout to save John.
In one final vision, John remembers the first time he met Henri, whose real name is Brandon as a child. John wakes up in a hotel thirty miles from Paradise with a very injured Six, Sam, Sarah, Mark and BK. They treat John and Six's wounds and John knows they must leave and start searching for the other Garde. After cremating Henri, John allows Sam to accompany him and Six on their journey. Sarah and John say goodbye before John leaves with Six, Sam, and BK to find the surviving Loric.
Half of this book is told through John's perspective, which starts out with him, , and on the run hiding from not only Mogadorians but also the FBI, which after the battle at the school claim that John and are terrorists. They are trying to lie low to avoid being found by either the Government or the Mogadorians when they pulled over by the police for having a stolen license plate on 's truck. They run away from the scene, but are tracked down by cops with dogs and helicopters. They manage to out run the cops, crash the choppers and elude the dogs. They eventually drive down to Florida, where they find an abandoned house to live in.
Six, John and Sam practice training and John finally decides to open his Chest and examine its contents. He first reads Henri's letter, which tells him that Sam's dad was indeed a Loric ally and was most likely abducted, if not killed, among other things. John shares this with Six and Sam. Sam remembers his dad had a Loric hideout in the backyard in a well, and they declare they must go back to Paradise to check out the well, despite the risks. While they look at the Inheritance, John is frustrated that nothing new seems to be working except a crystal ball that when touched makes the Garde feel extremely ill. Six points out the Xitharis stone she recognizes, a material mined on Lorien's second moon.
Later that night, Six and John go on a walk while Sam is sleeping back at the house. They run into a man about to shoot his girl friend and scare him away. When they get back, John and Six are about to kiss when the house blows up. John finds Sam being attacked by Mogadorians but they all manage to get away with John's chest still in their possession. They start driving back to Paradise. While they do, they find the solar system is a macrocosm and all the globes spin into a microcosm of Earth. There is one pulsating light in Spain, indicating another Garde with an open Chest. They here someone on the other end screaming 'Adelina!' but then the connection is cut.
Once they arrive in Ohio at Sam's house, Six and John go into the well and find a large skeleton with a Loric pendent which Six puts on. John is able to grab a white tablet from the room before the Mogadorians arrive. While the four of them fight the Mogadorians John accidentally loses his chest to them and Six and BK split from Sam and John to find it. Instead of continuing to find his chest, John meets Sarah and is talking with her when Sarah questions his love for her and wonders if he loves Six instead. The FBI arrive and capture John and Sam, taking them into custody in Washington DC.
Six breaks them out of the jail when the Mogadorians arrive. She's angry they left her while she was fighting, but they make up and John suggests they head for the Mogadorian base in West Virginia to retrieve his Chest. However Six argues they need to get to Spain to find the Garde who they heard as it sounds as though she is in trouble. They decide to split up, Six going to Spain and the others sneaking into the base to rescue John's Chest. Six charges the Xitharis with her Novis so they can sneak in. Six gives Sam the address where they will meet up in a week. When John gets to the cave, he puts on the Xitharis and Sam and John make their way through the Hawks Nest Base to find two Chests, surrounded by a moat of Mogadorian acid and guarded by a fifty-foot-tall alien monster.
The cells in the base become unlocked after they disable the power in the cell blocks and John discovers that Number Nine was locked away. They team up, and John gives Nine his Chest. Together they fight their way out but Sam is lost along the way. When they finally get free, Setrákus Ra, the supreme Mogadorian leader, arrives and retreats into the base. Nine suggests they go and kill him and they try, except he puts up a shield around the base that John runs into, making him extremely sick and unable to move or use his Legacies. They are forced to leave with BK, both their Chests and without Sam, who is still trapped in the base.
This book starts out with John still recovering from the effects of the Mogadorian's forcefield, the one he ran into at the end of the Power of Six, with . John feels guilty for leaving behind and tries to convince Nine to allow him to go back and get Sam, though Nine objects saying that John is too weak and its not worth risking their lives over.
While checking the contents of their chests, John shows Nine how he and Six found out that there is a Garde member in Spain. After doing so, he and Nine figure out that there is a way for them to communicate to the other Garde members. Using the Red Crystal from Nine's chest, and hoping that there are other Macrocosm online, they sent out a message telling the others to meet up in West Virginia and informing them of Setrákus Ra's arrival on Earth.
Because the two were preoccupied with their discovery, they did not notice that there were people approaching their hideout until BK told them so.
Following BK's advice, John and Nine let themselves get caught by the FBI so that they could gather information. They find out that the government is working with the Mogadorians and that the Garde's Macrocosms have been tapped.
After escaping, the two decide to head west towards Chicago in hope of finding another way to communicate to the rest of the Garde and to hide. Nine brings John to his safe house which turns out to be the penthouse in the John Hancock building. They manage to get the tablet John found back in Paradise, Ohio to work. It turns out to be a Garde tracking device showing the locations of all the surviving Garde members and what they think are their ships that they will one day take back to Lorien.
After seeing the sudden movement of four of the Garde from one place to another, John tries to convince Nine to go to New Mexico where one of their fellow Garde member appeared to be right on top of one of the ships. However Nine has different ideas and insists he want's to go to Paradise, Ohio first to check if they can find anything else from Malcolm Goode's secret underground sellar that could help them. This leads to a fight between the pair over where to go and they make a deal that the winner gets to decide their destination. To John's dismay, Nine ends up winning and they plan to head for Paradise, Ohio.
After another confrontation and fight, this time about John thinking he is Pittacus Lore's succesor, in which Nine wins again, Nine later apologises to John for his behavior and tells him that he is glad that John is with him and John returns the sentiment.
Once John wakes from another dream of Setrakus Ra, where someone whispered 'New Mexico', he is once again determined to convince Nine. John finds out that he and Nine have been sharing the dreams of Setrakus Ra and the last dream has finally conviced Nine to agree to heading towards New Mexico.
While riding Nine's high tech car, the tablet which is plugged into the car shows that three other Garde have arrived in New Mexico. Not long after, he recieves a telepathic message from Number Ten (Ella) informing him that she, Number Seven (Marina) and Number Eight are there to rescue Six.
By lighting his Lumen and directing it towards the sky, John shows his and Nine's location so that the other three can find them. Unfortunately, this signal is also seen by the Government's military who are guarding the Dulce Base and working with the Mogadorians. The five Garde find each other and break into the base as they believe that it where Six is being held.
They fight their way through the human military and then the Mogadorians. John, with the help of one of his dreams, figures out that he can use his Lumen to set his body on fire (as well as his mind), making him invulnerable, determined and confident.
On their way, they came across Sarah Hart in a cell and John is happy to be reunited with her. However their celebration is cut short because they still need to find Six.
Upon John's orders, he and the rest of the Garde enter the room which they believe Six is being held. The room turns out to be empty except for a group of strange rocks in the ceiling. Nine uses his anti-gravity Legacy to take a closer look at the rocks, just as a perfectly healthy Six appeares out of one of the doors. Glad of her appearance, none of them realize that it is actually Setrakus Ra in disguise. Eight runs up and hugs the fake Six and is stabbed in the back by her. Setrakus Ra then re-materializes in his true form in front of them all and sends blue lightning bolts around the room which stop all of their Legacies from working.
Mogadorians surround them and they start a full scale fight in all the chaos. Ella seems to realise how Setrakus Ra is rendering them powerless through her Telepathy and throws a small red stone towards his arm. They all get their powers back and Marina is able to heal Eight before he dies. Nine fearlessly battles Setrakus Ra although it is mentioned that it looks as though Setrakus Ra is almost toying with Nine, waiting for the right moment to kill him. Mogadorians attack an unaware Ella and Sarah who are close to death when John discovers his new healing Legacy and manages to heal the pair at a rapid speed. Six manages to break out of the rock formation that holds her and comes down to meet the others. At this point Setrakus Ra and all the other Mogadorians have now suddenly disappeared. The book ends with them all vowing to stick together and fight their way out.
This book starts with John, Sarah, Six, Marina, Eight, Nine and Ella all at Nine and Sandors luxurious penthouse in Chicago. They relax for a while, and make plans to get in touch with Number Five. Ella is suffering from bad nightmares and Marina and Six are taking turns to comfort her. They all start training more, using the Lecture Hall, which Sandor, Nine's Cepan, invented. The Lecture Hall is full of obstacles that the Garde might come across in a battle.
The Garde find a message posted on the internet by Five to them: '''Five seeking 5. Are you out there? Need to meet. Will be with the monsters in Arkansas. Find me.'''
The Garde figure that if they can see this then the Mogs can see this so they start acting, fast. They work out that he wants to meet them at a tourist attraction called the Monster Mart in Arkansas. The plan was for Six, John and BK to go, so that Six can use her invisibility to sneak them out of there and BK could scout ahead. If they were captured Eight would teleport Nine into their cells and get them out. In the end Sarah comes as well.
In Arkansas, they meet Five and everything goes fine until a Mog ship comes. John uses his Lumen, Six creates storms while Sarah is covering for her. They win and are about to leave when a Mogadorian creature which looks like a centipede the size of a tanker truck, with it's worm like body covered in leathery skin. It's face is reminiscent of a pit bull, flat with a wet snout and a mouth with rows upon rows of jagged teeth, in the center of it's face is a single unblinking eye. They try fighting it and John is about to get eaten when a single shot from a gun comes from behind. The monster's eye explodes and it rears back and leaves. Six and Sarah are the first to realize that the shot came from Sam's Dad, Malcolm, and Six tackles Sam with a hug.
Six, Sam, John, Sarah, Five and Malcolm all head back to the penthouse to be greeted by Nine. They have a celebratory dinner and they all tell their stories in an attempt to get Five to open up. John tells them his story, where he meets Sam and Sarah, and where Henri died. Six tells them about getting captured in the mog base, Marina tells them about Spain, Nine tells them about his capture and Eight tells them about how he managed to convince the Indians that he was Vishnu after his Cepan died. Five finally told his story about how his Cepan died of a human disease when he was young and he just kept island hopping until he thougt it was time to reunite himself with the other Garde.
It's then decided that they get Five's chest which is buried in Florida. The night before they are going to go, they find Ella in her bed in some sort of coma. They try to wake her up but when John held her hand she dragged him into the coma as well. The next day everyone else decided that if they dont get five's chest now the mogs will get it, so Marina, Six, Eight, Nine and Five went to Florida leaving Sam, Malcolm and Sarah to look after John and Ella.
In the vision, John is walking down a street and there are humans hiding and cowering. He comes to a crowd of people and sees Setrakus Ra and an older Ella sitting on throne like chairs, he pushes his way through the crowd and sees that Ra is wearing all but two of the Loric pendants. He saw a car pull up and Mogadorian guards got out, followed by an older Six and Sam. An older Five, with an eye patch is standing with the guards as if he's one of them. Sam and Six are push up to Ra and Ella and Setrakus Ra makes a speech about how Six is the last of the Loric race and he asks Ella what's her call and she says kill them.
John wakes up to the pain of a new scar on his ankle and Mogs invading the penthouse. He has to choose between saving Ella who has been taken by Mogs, or Malcolm who has been badly hurt and is dying. John chooses to save Malcolm because he knows that the Mogs won`t hurt Ella.
Four, Sam, Adam, Malcolm, and Sarah fled to an abandoned factory. Four didn't completely trust Adam yet. They had bought some technology to stay in touch with the news. They plug in the tablet and see that the other Garde are in Florida and Ella`s dot was leaping everywhere. Four wants to go to Florida. Adam challenges that, saying that it would be predictable and unwise. Adam suggests going to Ashwood Estates instead, and attacking the trueborns. Four reluctantly agrees. Sarah finds a website called They Walk Among Us, with a post about Mogadorians by someone called JollyRoger182. Sarah guesses that it is . They find out that apparently an important U.S. government member is in league with the Mogadorians. Sarah wants to email Mark James. Adam makes her email difficult to trace. They find a bunch of emails from Mark, talking about a lead he has. Sarah goes to meet Mark, along with Bernie Kosar. Four, Sam, Malcolm, and the other Chimærae go to Ashwood Estates. Adam tells John that the general there is his father. Adam says that he has no reservations about killing his father. They attack, Adam using a gun, John his Lumen. Four attacks the General. An attack activates his bracelet and his shield expands, but it is shattered. One of the Chimærae attacks the General, as a falcon. Another one turns from a flying sparrow into a falling rhinoceros. All of the Chimærae attack. The General is about to kill Four when Malcolm shoots him in the hand. Four chases him and they wrestle. Adam stabs the General through the back. They stay at Ashwood Estates. Adam hacks a Mog ship. They see the security cameras and realize that it is Eight who is dead. They control the ship, and manage to communicate with the other Garde. Six, Marina, and Nine fly to Ashwood Estates. Nine starts teasing Four about sending his girlfriend on a "super-sexy" secret mission with her ex-boyfriend. Four is confused. The Chimærae start to howl, warning of the approach of the FBI. The Garde initially attack the FBI and they see Agent Walker. She has discovered that the Mogs really are evil. She tells them about a deal between the Mogs and Bud Sanderson, and how the Mogs planned to invade. Malcolm later finds footage of his memories being extracted. They find out about something called the Sanctuary, and that Lorien is not gone permanently. They decide to split up, Adam, Marina, and Six to go to Calakmul, Sam, Four, and Nine to go challenge the Mogs. Malcolm stays at Ashwood Estates. Six and Marina bring Eight's Chest as well as Marina's and items they think might be Phoenix Stones, the leaves from Four's Chest and the pouch of dirt from Nine's. They also bring Henri`s ashes, as well as Eight's body. Sam, Four, and Nine get to New York and Nine accidentally activates sonic gloves. They go to find Sanderson, along with Agent Walker. They find Bud Sanderson in terrible condition. He holds a gun to his head and pulls the trigger. Four stops it telekinetically. Four heals him. They take a video of Four using his Legacies and send it to the They Walk Among Us website and go to the site of the invasion. They meet Ella and Setrákus Ra. Nine smashes his cane and saves Ella's life. Five stopped Four from stabbing Setrákus Ra and killing Ella. Setrákus Ra drags Ella back onto his ship. Sam and Four fight a piken, and Sam brings it down with telekinesis.
The book starts with John and leading a group of humans through what is left of New York with John exhausted, wiped out from healing so many people. Eventually John can't continue any longer; and collapses against a wall. Sam then uses his Telekenesis to prop John up. The human survivors then depart them, and John and Sam find a hotel room. John eventually falls asleep to be later woken up by Sam, who has seen and fighting. They decide to go out and find the two when they get in fight with some Mogadorians. They then discover , a human girl who also has Telekenesis.
John is hiding in Patience Creek, near Detroit. He has fallen into a state of melancholy. While he still worries about his friends, John is colder and ready to end the war. He cannot sleep, too worried about imagining Sarah's death. His hair grows out a bit as well. Sam and Dani are worried about him, and find it difficult to talk to John. He greets them when they come to his door, but is still invisible when he opens the door (he was practicing with Six's Legacy that he copied with his Ximic. Sam is getting migraines from the bunker's lighting, however is surprised when the light dims just moments after mentioning it. Nine is the only person who acts unfazed by the past few days. John and the others go up to the surface. Lexa, Six, and the others are returning. Before they get back, John vows that the Garde have stopped saying goodbye to their friends, and from now on, they will kill until they win. John goes aboard the Terrax Cruiser to see Sarah's body. BK feels like he let John down because he could not protect Sarah. However, John reassures the Chimæra that it is not his fault, and that only John himself and Setrákus Ra are to blame. Mark asks John to bring Sarah back to life, however John replies that he is not a god. He and Mark argue for a moment, before John tells him that he does not care what Mark wants. Mark punches John, but he does not feel it. Eventually, Mark trips over his own feet. John asks if it made him feel any better, and then asks if he can take Sarah's body back to Paradise. Mark grouchily accepts.
Later, John and the Garde have a meeting with General Lawson, the man in charge of Patience Creek. Lexa gives him a Mogadorian cloaking device, the same technology she installs in her ship. They are in a room with armed men, and John begins to assess the chances of taking them in a fight. During the meeting, they discuss the situation of the Anubis and of New York. When they plan for the counterstrike, Lawson brings in Adam, who has been treated as a prisoner. John uses his Lumen to melt his chains, and tells Lawson that the Garde do not answer to him. When things calm down, John and Six plan to sneak onto a warship to steal their cloaking devices for the counterstrike.
As John plans what to do next, he frees Adam from his cuffs and asks what will happen once Ra dies. Adam explains that the loss of the Beloved Leader will result a catastrophic civil war, and he even has a Skimmer's communication system to see whether or not they have begun to kill each other. Agent Noto is helping them. They learn that a group of Human Garde teleported to Niagara Falls, and are trying to find John and the others. Six, Sam, Dani, and the Chimærae go with Lexa to Niagara Falls to save them. While they are gone, John and Nine go to talk to Five. John needs to learn to fly from him. During the lesson, Five seemingly attacks John. Before John proceeds to kill Five, he reveals that it was just a way to get him to fly. A newly awakened Marina sees this too, but attacks Five.
John convinces her that it was just a trick, and Five is going back to his cell now. He fills Marina in on everything that has happened, including Sarah's death. The two of them recollect on their dead loved ones. Later, he finally goes to speak to Lawson. The general is upset that the Garde left Patience Creek without his permission or acknowledgement. John says it will not happen again, and then begins to plan out how he will defeat Setrákus Ra. He later goes to Ximic Ella's Telepathy, and finds her on the surface drawing a map of the new Loralite Stones. He learns that Ella knew that Sarah would die. John becomes irate when he learns this, and unintentionally mimics it while having a telepathic argument with Ella.
Later that day, the Garde fly back to Niagara Falls with the aid of Canadian Special Ops. Their plan is to take the sonic-frequency cloaking devices from the Skimmers and give them to the governments currently waiting at the other Loralite Stone locations. Upon arrival, John reveals that they are not only raiding the Delta, which arrived the day before, but they are also going to commandeer it. John, Six, and Adam board the ship together, with John wearing a makeshift vest from one of their cloaking devices. They board through the cargo bay, with both John and Six invisible. John uses Five's wrist-blade to clear the room. While Six and Adam defend the cargo bay, John takes Dust and BK throughout the warship. The three Loric wreak havoc throughout the Delta.
During his massacre, John develops the Legacy of Glacen and Rapid Regeneration. He says to Six that everything has been "easier" since developing his Ximic. With most of the warship cleared, Adam and Six join John as they destroy the last remaining battalion of Vatborn Mogadorians by detonating a frozen fuel rod. With all of the damage done to the warship, Adam believes it will not be able to survive another interstellar travel. They attack the bridge, killing most of the Trueborn officers. They are confronted by the captain of the ship, but he is assassinated by his own navigator. As John proceeds to execute the navigator, Adam uses his Terric to knock John off his feet, telling him not to kill the Mog. The navigator is revealed to be Rexicus Saturnus, and he has decided to side with the Loric.
While John trusts Rex, Nine believes he is still dangerous. He talks to Ella for a moment and watches as she reactivates one of the Loralite Stones. Moments later, John leaves and goes flying off to the next battle, in hopes of finding and clearing another warship. While flying, he realizes he left a vest and goes back to Patience Creek to get one. He sees Mark James in the doorway, and realizes something is not right. Mark has black veins, indicating exposure to an Augment. Mark apologizes, claiming "they" made him do it. Before John can respond, Phiri Dun-Ra appears and stabs John with her Augmented tentacles of black ooze. She reveals that she has the ability to copy other Garde's Legacies by draining their Loric spirit. Phiri takes John and ties a Voron noose around his neck.
John notices while he walks through the halls of Patience Creek that there are more Augments. One of them, the Thin Mog, can control minds, including Mark's. The Shadow Mog is the one teleporting battalions of Vatborn throughout the area. The Piken-Mog is a hulking abomination that tears apart everything in its path. He uses his telepathy to warn Sam that the Mogs are coming. Phiri kills Mark in front of John, and she drains his Lumen, killing Bertrand and Fleur, two of the Human Garde that Six found, in the process.
After contacting Sam via telepathy, John manages to fight back, reluctantly freeing Five in the process. The Garde use their Legacies creatively in order to kill the Augments.