Also known as Number Four, has a talent for blending in. He has no choice – one headline-making incident and he and his guardian must hit the road again. They can’t risk being exposed to the Mogadorians, can’t risk being outed as aliens, can’t risk the truth being discovered. So far John and Henri have crisscrossed the country - you’ll only find them in small towns off the beaten track. But when they reach Paradise, Ohio, John meets Sarah and suddenly he has a whole new reason for wanting to stay in one place. John has been a fugitive for as long as he can remember, but he can’t run forever. Now is the time to face his destiny.
One of the Lorien Cêpan, Henri is John’s Keeper, his guardian. Master of reinvention, Henri has created identity after identity for John – ones that are wholly believable but that can be wiped out at a moment’s notice – all while maintaining a disguise of his own, as John’s father. Henri’s job is to keep John safe, to keep him alive, and to teach him the skills he needs to strengthen his legacies so he can fight back against the Mogadorians. Henri is also the keeper of the mysterious Lorien Chest. He holds the key to John’s true identity.
Former cheerleader, school photographer, all around girl next door and the first human ever to capture John’s heart. Love on Lorien is unlike love on Earth – teen romance isn’t fleeting, it lasts a lifetime. Everything changes for John when he falls for Sarah; she is his reason to stop running. And, although he’s become used to running from town to town, he knows that leaving Paradise will mean leaving his heart and his love behind – and he wants to protect Sarah – protect their love – no matter the cost.
Sarah’s ex-boyfriend seems to have it in for John the moment they meet. Typical jock, typical class clown, he can’t stand to be outwitted by John or to lose Sarah to him. Mark is out for revenge and just might be the most dangerous human John has ever met.
Everyone needs a partner in crime, and Sam is that person for John. In fact, Sam is the only friend with whom John has ever let his guard down and is the first to witness the full extent of John’s powers. An avid science fiction fan and alien conspiracy theorist, Sam has no idea how close to reality some of his theories are until John and Henri are forced to reveal the existence of their alien identity to get him on their side. Then Sam becomes John’s strongest ally in his fight for survival. Sam may not be the coolest kid in school, but his smarts and loyalty are more valuable than even he can know.
Named for the legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback, Bernie is John’s dog. He shows up unexpectedly on John and Henri’s doorstep one night and the mystery surrounding him grows from there. More than man’s best friend, Bernie is extremely protective of John and also seems to have some paranormal superpowers of his own.
An evil alien species, they attacked the planet Lorien when they knew it was at its most vulnerable. The planet’s Elders were gone, and the attack came out of nowhere. The Lorien were unprepared and hardly stood a chance. It was during the attack that the nine alien teens escaped, along with their guardians. But the Mogadorians won’t be satisfied until every last Lorien is killed, and they are now on Earth hunting the nine remaining teens one by one.