George, Hazel, and Harrison are introduced as the main characters. The main conflict is also introduced, which is anyone who is above average has to wear what is called a handicap.
Harrison comes onto the stage after breaking out of jail and takes off everyone's handicaps. Diana is on her way to stop this
Diana comes onto the stage and shoots harrison and the ballerina he chose to be his Empress.
Diana threatens to shoot everyone if they don't put their handicaps back on in ten seconds.
Hazel sees what happened to harrison, but george was in the other room so he didn't see it. He asks Hazel why she was crying, but she couldn't remember.
I think the author uses irony when Harrison escapes from jail. it's ironic because the reader would think he'd be locked up heavily because of how dangerous he is, but he gets out of jail and tries to overthrow the government.