Nora Gray and her handsome guardian angel Patch were enjoying the fireworks at Delphic beach when Nora decided to get a hamburger at the food stand. The wait in the long line was boring, but when Nora spotted her archenemy Marcie standing behind her she tried to be a good sport and politely converse with her. Marcie on the other hand did what she always did, she humiliated Nora. Marcie brought up some bad memories of Nora’s dad’s death that left Nora in a miserable mood the rest of the night
When Patch drove Nora back to her farmhouse on the outskirts of town, Nora confessed her love to him. Patch however could not, he is a guardian angel and was meant to protect her, not to fall in love with her and the archangels were going to see to it that he didn’t. Patch’s concern then however was the feeling of danger Nora was in. Even though he didn’t know who the danger was from, he wouldn’t give up until he found out.
During summer school, Nora sat in biology and was surprised that Marcie sat down at the table next to her. Marcie informed Nora that Patch was standing in her driveway watching her in the bedroom window and she wanted to know if she should be scared. Nora’s day was getting worse and worse with Marcie becoming her new lab partner. To top off the day Nora’s mom was throwing a dinner to try and hook up Nora with her friend’s son Scott. However, before the dinner took place, Nora gets into a fight with Patch and breaks up with him. Nora was angry with Patch for not explaining what he was doing at Marcie’s house, and she found that all the secrets Patch was not willing to let her in on had her anger with him at the highest. She could no longer be in a relationship with Patch unless he tells her what was going on.
Things between Patch and Marcie progress into what looked like a relationship. Patch had been assigned to Marcie as her guardian angel and he had no choice if he didn’t want to go to hell. Nora told Patch that she did not want him as her guardian angel anymore, therefore he wasn’t. Patch however, could not accept the order to keep his distance and stay out of the way of Nora’s destiny. He knew someone was out to hurt Nora and as he investigated more, he suspected his good friend and fallen angel Rixon to be the one wanting to harm her.
Nora had been doing a little investigation herself. She has been haunted by her father’s spirit and when someone delivers an envelope with a ring and the name Black Hand, she searches for answers of who killed her father. She finds out that Scott is nephilm though he doesn’t understand himself what that means exactly. Nora also suspects Patch to be the one who murdered her father when Rixon tells her Patch use to go by the name of the Black Hand.
Things were not adding up for Patch and Nora and with the archangels and Rixon keeping the two of them from communicating with each other, the truth is not revealed until the end of the book. When Nora goes to Delphic beach for a party, she finds herself running away from Scott thinking he had something to do with her dad’s death, however when Rixon comes to her rescue he leads her into the tunnels under the park where he tries to sacrifice her to become human.
We learned in the first book how the book of Enoch suggests a fallen angel could become human if their nephilm vessel was killed. Niphilm Chauncey had been killed when Nora sacrificed herself however; Patch turned down a human body and took guardianship instead. In this book, we learn that Nora’s father is not who she thought he was. Her father is in fact Marcie’s father and he is nephilm and the Black Hand. The Black Hand is Rixon’s nephilm and therefore wants to kill Nora so he can have a human body. Nora learns though from touching the scars on Rixon’s back that he was the one who killed her supposed father.
Patch comes in at the last minute to save Nora from her fate. In order to do so he had to go behind the archangels back and become rogue—meaning when the archangels do find him they will send him to hell for interfering in Nora’s fate.