The first human to be cut out of the universe, by her own choice, is a beautiful teenage girl.
Using nothing more than MRI technology, a groundbreaking physics technique claims to be able to delete matter temporarily from existence—be it a volume of space, or a human being. The best part of all: it’s perfectly safe.
Eighteen-year-old Raedyn Summers has wanted nothing else but to one-up her boyfriend’s infuriating younger brother, physics prodigy Gabriel Rockwell, since the day he and his punk attitude swaggered into her life. So when it comes time to test his invention, she rises to his stupid dare: prove she’s gutsy enough to erase herself from existence for five seconds.
For his part, Gabriel’s just glad it’s not him when he seals his brother’s irritatingly hot girlfriend inside their startup’s prototype. But when she vanishes before his eyes and reappears five seconds later, he regrets egging her on. Even more so he regrets his own decision to do it. Because even after they come back, part of them stays deleted.
Now they both jolt awake at 3:33 a.m. every night, vomiting and muttering incoherently, just as a horned figure standing over them evaporates to smoke. Their bodies are changing, becoming addicted to the drug-like rush of being cut out of the universe. Strangest of all, they’ve developed the ability to move objects with their minds.
Now Gabriel and Raedyn must come to terms with their twisted, star-crossed infatuation with each other, solve a puzzle in quantum mechanics, and resist the siren-like pull of deleting themselves for ever longer periods of time—before they lose their souls to an unthinkable limbo outside the boundaries of spacetime.