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The first chapter is Zak's. We meet his stepfather, Roger, and we find out that Zak is NOT into sports. He's not into school so much. He's into games, and comics, and stuff like that. And he misses his Dad.
Then, in the next chapter we meet Ana. Here's what we learn about Ana. She does a lot of stuff and she does it all well and she does it ALL because it will look good on her college applications. And she doesn't have time for fun. Her sister was the fun one. "I don't have a sister anymore."
If these two characters were a Venn diagram, their edges would barely touch. That touch would be the fact that they go to the same school. That is ALL they have in common. Oh, and they are both smart.
So, Zak lifts his health essay straight from Wikipedia. And his flustered-seeming health teacher catches it. And his punishment is to serve as the alternate at the Quiz Team - of which Ana is captain - tournament. This is a HUGE punishment because the tournament is on the very same weekend as the Annual Washingcon - the comic con event that Zak has not missed in 5 years.
Then Ana's younger brother - also on the Quiz team - goes AWOL from the hotel. And Ana - whose parents are kind of scary - has to find him. And Zak helps because he knows that Younger Brother, Clayton, has run off to Washingcon. So, Zak gets to go after all. And there are a lot of people in costumes and some mayhem, and a wedding and a battle and an altercation with an underworld figure of the criminal persuasion - not of the supernatural sort. And Clayton is Super at eluding capture. And Zak is a Washingcon celebrity of sorts and Ana learns a LOT. And, oh wookies! Are they in a bunch of trouble!
Also, some parental drama occurs in which things get dealt with. 'Nuff said.
The parent in me wants to add: Do NOT try this at home. But if you do and you find a lost valuable item, leave it where it is, ok? Just report it to the front desk and go your merry way.
Cons look like fun. For younger people. I'll just don my Chrestomanci bathrobe and pour another mug of coffee, right here, at home.