For six years, the Outcast Hieronymous held Protector Second Class Jason Murphy prisoner. Jason escapes only to discover that he is now considered suspect by some members of the Council of Protectors. The problem is that Hieronymous is not only a very powerful Outcast, he is also Jason's father. Jason learned this the same day his lover, Lane Kent, told him she was pregnant.

While Jason tries to figure out how to explain the complicated situation to Lane, he's been assigned to surveillance at San Diego's Sea World park. There is information that Hieronymous is planing some kind of attack. The aquatic park is the perfect place for Jason, whose superpowers manifest themselves in communication with sea life and the ability to shape-shift into a dolphin.

To his horror, Jason discovers that Hieronymous' latest plot involves kidnapping his son, Davy. Despite Jason's best efforts, Davy is abducted by Hieronymous' other son, Mordichai, who takes on Jason's form. Now Jason is the prime suspect in his son's kidnapping. Can he convince Lane and the Protectors that he is innocent?

Evil Hieronymous is still on the loose and wreaking havoc in Julie Kenner's clever series. This world is always an exciting place to visit, making each new book well worth the wait. (May, 367 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith