Callie Rose struggles with growing up as a nought and, when she learns the truth about her nought father’s life from her friend Tobey; who calls her a terrorist’s daughter, she becomes angry with her mother Sephy for hiding the truth and decides to follow Callum’s path with her new hate filled personality. She also cuts off her friendship with nought Tobey, regardless of how sorry he is. Sephy feels trapped and rejects an offer of marriage from her boyfriend Sonny. Sephy then meets Nathan, the owner of the restaurant where she sings, and the two start a relationship.
Callie Rose withdraws into her uncle Jude’s clutches and he grooms her to become a suicide bomber in order to murder Sephy’s father, Kamal Hadley. In the intervening years, Jude had become “the General”, the fearsome commander of the Liberation Militia nought guerrillas. Callie Rose starts dating the Cross Lucas, an ex friend’s brother. Jasmine Hadley, Sephy’s mother, does what she can to bring Callie and Sephy closer together but develops breast cancer and struggles with her life.
In a moment of weakness she drinks a glass of wine, breaking her previous vow to never drink alcohol again. Nathan proposes to Sephy, and she accepts; but then Sonny shows up in her life again and she is left confused but engaged. Eventually, Sephy is given a letter written by Callum before he was hanged. It is the letter expressing his true feelings. The letter Sephy received in the second book had been an attempt to persuade Sephy to move on after his death.
In this letter it is revealed that Callum did, indeed, love her more than anything. In the end, Sephy and Callie Rose resume their relationship while Jude and Jasmine (in pain from cancer) die together when Jasmine sets off Callie’s bomb, in order to prevent Jude from hurting Callie and Sephy any more. Also, Kamal Hadley’s attempt to become the next prime minister in the next election is foiled when his ex-wife Jasmine tells the press about his treacherous past, and some of the deals he was involved in.