Olivia is a young woman in 1900 who wants more from her life than being a wife, mother and homemaker. Her cruel father believes that's all women are good for and is appalled at Olivia's support of voting. When famous hypnotist Henri Reverie comes to town Olivia's father hires him to make Olivia follow directions and be submissive. Reverie gives Olivia the command to "see the world the way it truly is" which gives her the ability to see a person's true nature. Terrified by the monsters she sees, Olivia is desperate to undo the hypnosis and begins working with Henri who has issues of his own.
I personally enjoyed the feminist themes of this book and how well-written it was. I seriously question, however, its appeal to teens who I can't imagine being spellbound over voting rights. I was also unimpressed with Olivia's final solution to reach her oppressors. I think that the change came about too quickly and felt too simplistic in some way. I will be interested to see how popular the book is with my students during an upcoming reading program.