Alan (or Duke) Larose was in a plane when it blew up. It killed his mother, father, and little sister, but he somehow survived, stone deaf. That was when he was 4. (Four is my favorite number, btw)
When he was 8 he started hearing things again. By 10, he could hear just fine. When he was 11, his ears started playing tricks on him. He heard things before they happened. When he was 12 he began recording every time it happened, cheering before the touchdown, hearing a bubble pop before it actually popped, laughing before the punchline of a joke, and so on. The gap between hearing ahead and the actual hearing became more and more.
All this time he was living with his cousin, Chaz, would only took him in to get money from the government and is a big sissy. Age 12, he started teaching himself at home and wouldn't go to school. Age 13, his only friend is a cat for two years.
When he was 15 he was in the midst of the city market and heard ahead a girl screaming. He saw her, content at a stand, but a threatening man approaching from behind her. He ran to warn her, but in a mistake (help me here) she only screamed at him and left with the man, her father. He is eternally mortified.
Age 16, his cat is being fed by someone else, but he doesn't know who. He is angry, but isn't allowed to keep the cat inside. He follows the cat to—the same girl's house! Yay! She promises to stop feeding him, he takes his cat in anger.
They become friends. By this time, he has a good grip on controlling his "hearing ahead" abilities. He can choose to hear anywhere from a second ahead, to almost a minute. He confides this to Olisa (the girl, m-hmm) who is the first person he has ever told
Her father, Mr. Helms, talks with Duke about his "hearing ahead". Duke is angry that Olisa told her father. But Mr. Helms gets him on board with other people who have cool abilities! Yeah, stuff like crystal clear memory, understanding languages in a matter of minutes, sensitive feeling, so on.
Duke is told about Mack Jackly who is secretive, to say in the least.
Jackly is almost impossible to track and impossible to frame, but good reason shows he blew up a whole factory and has been involved with other terrorism.
Through a series of mistakes, he has revealed different things about himself.
But Duke gets some ideas that perhaps they weren't mistakes, and maybe Mack actually has a legitimate reason for what he is doing. To find out, he goes to Mack himself.
Mack is an extreme computer hacker. Never with a friend in his life, but instead stalking others he runs into, including Duke. Mack shows Duke everything he has on file, and every reason he had for blowing up the illegal factory plant.
Mack is good—but someone else is bad—not just the government or the FBPP—someone they both would have trusted.
Bwahaha! You'll just have to wait and see who it is!!!!