Six months after Ruby and Jones have met, been given the gift of magic, and killed a Witch called Mrs Easton, all is not well.
Having left the Badlands behind, Jones is trying to fit into the ordinary world as a normal boy but the magic inside him is proving problematic. It whispers to him, and doesn’t let him sleep, trying to convince him he’s chosen the wrong life with his parents.
Meanwhile, in the Badlands, Ruby is doing her best to be a successful Badlander because she wants to prove to the Order that girls are just as good as boys. But it’s difficult given she’s unable to do magic without Jones around, and she knows no Badlander will ever take her seriously if she can’t do magic.
There’s another problem too: taking on a lot of creatures in the Badlands without magic is very dangerous indeed…