Mysterious people

THE MAN IN THE SNAKESKIN COWBOY BOOTS

This shadowy figure has been after Cruz since before he left Hawaii. First he tried to drown him while he surfed, then he attacked Cruz at the Society museum in Washington, D.C. Who does this man work for, and why is he out to get Cruz?

ELISTAIR FALLOWFELD

A mysterious man secretly warns Cruz during his first weeks at Explorer Academy that someone is trying to harm him. The man reveals his identity as Elistair Fallowfeld, a scientist who worked with Cruz’s mom in the Synthesis—and who supposedly died in the same accident that killed her. He also created the CAVE software.

HEZEKIAH BRUME

The secretive and powerful owner of Nebula Pharmaceuticals, Hezekiah Brume lives in London, England. To keep his identity a secret, he never shows his face when on a video call, and never allows himself to be photographed. What does this mysterious businessman want with Cruz and his mother’s formula—and how far will he go to get what he wants?

Illustrations by Scott Plumbe