Sorcerers live among us. They've always been here, but went into hiding during the witch-hunting years. They're still here, shrouded in secrecy so deep that even the bad guys think twice before breaching it.
Some abuse their power. Others dedicate themselves to hunting these renegades down. Most of them are just regular people. You might have passed one in the supermarket yesterday. How would you know?
In Modern Magic, we meet two siblings from a family of powerful sorcerers. We meet them in their late teens and see them through to full adulthood, accompanying them on a journey which transforms magic in the modern USA.
Younger sister Liz is a fluke who was born as unmagical as you or I. She grew up feeling inferior, but channelled that emotion away from self-pity and into ferocious independence. She's determined to live as her own woman, in the wider mundane world.
Older brother John is highly gifted even by the standards of his family. He grapples with high expectations and the secret fear that he can never meet them. A cocky facade hides his primary driving forces of duty and guilt.
A subculture which keeps its existence secret even from the government is by definition outside the law. To maintain order and prevent immoral behavior, sorcerers rely on an antiquated system of family honor. It's not working any more.
While mundane Liz struggles to flee her unusual heritage, magical John is pressed into service to fight renegade sorcerers before he's ready. As they leave youth behind, the sorcerous community grapples with a sharp rise in the number of sorcerers who are mentally unstable or simply abuse their power.
John and Liz move into adulthood as sorcerers begin to suspect that something more than decaying ethics and poor accountability are behind the worsening crimes. A sinister force is at work. One man has a plan to bring sorcery and modern justice together, but can it work? Does it go too far, or not far enough? Does it place too much power in too few hands?
If the underlying villains aren't found and defeated soon, it won't even matter. The intensifying crisis may destroy modern magic in the USA.