Elise starts out as unfamiliar to herself as to the reader. She has literally forgotten herself. Of course, memories can't suppress character traits and Elise is exceedingly kind and caring. The book focuses around Elise discovering who she is and what her purpose could be.
Elise isn't entirely alone in figuring out her past. She does experience flashbacks that may or may not be her own. She must delve through Onika's memories too. She has a bit of a love triangle through part of the book with Abe and Harlin. Abe is the "dark" love interest while Harlin remains "lighter" and representative of good. Elise's destiny depends on her choice between those two almost as much as her ability to help people. The Need won't remain dormant for long, however, and Elise's time is running out.
This book was easily as good as the first with only one exception. Sometimes, it felt like the plot was a little forced and wasn't explained enough. Some portions of the plot are only explained at the very end, leaving the reader confused until then. The ending itself is very satisfying and the characters will stick in the readers' mind long after finishing the book. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.