Four gifted orphans vie for a prestigious scholarship. The final result is stranger than imagined.
Mr. Benedict sends the kids on an undercover mission to infiltrate the L.I.V.E. Institute.
The kids of the Mysterious Benedict Society come to a grim realization about Dr. Curtain's methods of keeping secrets. They also learn the dire consequences to the mission if they were to slip to the bottom of their classes: they would be kicked out. After receiving a message from the children, Mr. Benedict and his crew investigate his possible connection to Dr. Curtain. The children resolve to learn more about the elite Messenger program at the school.
The children make a risky play to search for clues right under Dr. Curtain's nose. Mr. Benedict and Milligan head out into rugged terrain to do some recon of their own. Rhonda and Number Two butt heads about their unique approaches to fighting The Emergency. Sticky gets caught trying to help Kate cheat, and finds out the next phase of Dr. Curtain's insidious plot. Kate suffers a blow to her academic standing but finds a saving grace in Martina Crowe and her tetherball team.
Reynie and Sticky investigate secret transmissions. Constance and Kate explore the island.
Mr. Benedict reveals the truth about his past with Dr. Curtain - and how he may be partly to blame for Curtain's misdeeds. The adults agree the mission has gotten too dangerous to continue. Sticky is given a special task during Messenger duty and begins to question his loyalties. Kate and Reynie develop their respective friendships with Martina and Curtain's son, SQ, and use them to advance the mission.
Kate embarks on a solo mission that raises Curtain's suspicions and endangers the team.
With free will and truth on the line, The Mysterious Benedict Society prepares for a final showdown.