The first book in a series, A Great and Terrible Beauty begins with Gemma and her mother, walking through the market in India, where Gemma's family has lived for most of her life. The plan to move back to England has been set in motion, and Gemma can't wait.
Then Gemma's mother is attacked and killed--right in the market. Gemma is sped back to England, and into a finishing school her mother didn't want her to go to. Now Gemma not only has to worry about her father's health, and the mean popular girls at school pulling pranks on her, but she discovers a diary that tells of a secret power just waiting for the taking. And Gemma starts to have visions of things that could happen. Not to mention the mysterious events right before her mother died. Will she figure things out in time?