Since I'm too tired to think of my own summary, I'm just going to quote something I found on the internet, lol. "The ad in the newspaper says, "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Reynie, an orphan, decides that he is, and convinces the orphanage director to let him take the test. Along with three other children who pass, Reynie meets the mysterious Mr. Benedict, a narcoleptic who lives behind a maze, and who has an important mission for the children. They are sent to a boarding school on an island, The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, to find out all they can about the school's director, Ledroptha Curtain. Posing as students, they discover his plan to take over the world using mind control. But in his carefully controlled island fortress, stopping him seems impossible, even for four very gifted children."