Violet Bate's brother (Tim) fails the test. She tries to send him away to Patrus but fails and Violet gets sentenced to death, while Tim is sent off to the "mines."
The queen of matrus gives Violet a choice of going on a mission with a dude named Lee to retrieve the egg from Patrus, or death. Of course Violet picks the mission.
Violet and Lee successfully retrieve the egg. But lee is bad and he kills the queen while taking the egg with him and trying to fly away on a heloship.
Then Violet is stuck on The heloship by herself, and she doesn't know how to steer it, so she crashes into the green. She gets bitten by a poisonous snake, but the man she met at Patrus (Viggo) comes and saves her.
They go walking deeper into the forest and find a place. In the place is Lee's mother (Desmond). She explains that the reason Lee flew away with the egg was because they wanted to "destroy it."
But Violet and Viggo find Tim and all the other boys trapped in glass cages. They have been experimented on, so now they have advanced abilities Violet and Viggo break them free and help teach them key things