The reader will find out that, Gemma Doyle isnt your ordinary sixteen year old. For one she lived, in the 1800s, in India her whole life. Secondly, she is not all that refined and elegant like the other girls her age. Also she has a gift. A gift of visions; pictures of the future. An argument with her mother concerning moving to London, a temper tantrum, stalking stranger and a bad dream followed by the death of her mother, all happen to this girl along the lay out of the story. The thing though is that it wasnt a regular death it was sucide.