Alyssa knows that her life will end in the insane asylum. Her grandmother died in one, and now her mother has been officially institutionalized, insisting that she can hear the private whisperings of bugs and flowers. The curse of insanity stretches through the female line all the way back to Alice Liddell – the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Alyssa has dealt with the teasing about her ancestor her whole life, and visits to the asylum are nothing new to her. But when she can no longer ignore the voices filling the air around her, reality begins to fray in ways she could have never imagined. Things are happening to her that she can’t explain – and it’s more frightening to think she might not be insane.
The real Wonderland is a frightening place, one that the childish Alice Liddell was unable to put into words. The lighter brush strokes of fiction had delivered a tale for the ages years ago, but Alyssa has landed in a vicious world populated with grotesque creatures – and she didn’t come alone.
Her best friend Jeb followed her through a shattered mirror to protect her, but now she’s the one coming to his aide in a world that her ancestor accidentally altered years ago. Cursed to fix Wonderland or die crazy on the other side, Alyssa’s family has suffered since then. Now, Alyssa has the chance to save Wonderland, her mother, Jeb… and herself.
But it’s hard to know what the right thing to do is in Wonderland – or who to trust. Should she listen to Jeb, her lifelong friend who wants only to keep her safe? Or Morpheus, the dark, chimeric figure who has followed the women in her family for generations, and has plans for her she might not want to be a part of?