Teresa ‘Trance’ West was a telepath in the Rangers Corps before the unthinkable happened. She and other preteens were fighting the baddies (Banes) when they suddenly lost their powers. Now orphaned, the group was separated for their own safety. When we first meet Teresa she is eking out an existence that I wouldn’t really wish on anyone. She suddenly gets her powers back but they aren’t her original ones and she risks her life whenever she uses them. Meding’s novel plays out like an X-Men episode with good and bad mutants fighting for dominance.