A downtrodden bureaucrat goes a remote island populated by magical kids and their mysterious teacher, where his heart begins to unshrivel in unexpected ways, which is a treat to see. As Linus's adventures at The House in the Cerulean Sea continue, both he and the reader are drawn into its world, delighted by its residents, and more and more inclined to doubt the prejudice that finds them so dangerous. In the following passage, he discovers an unconscious record store clerk, who's been (magically) thrown against the wall by the 6-year-old boy he tried to capture and exorcise:
"Linus glanced down at Marty again. He was breathing. He'd probably wake up with a headache and nothing more. Linus thought about giving him another bump on the head with a well-placed kick, but his shoulder hurt, and he had exerted enough energy for the time being. 'Did he hurt you?'
"Lucy looked up from the Chuck Berry record. 'Why do you sound like that?'
"'Like you're mad. Are you mad at me?' Lucy frowned. 'I didn't do anything, really.'
"'He didn't,' J-Bone said. 'Marty is so fired, you don't even know.'
"Linus shook his head. 'I could never be mad at you. Not for this. If I sound angry it's at this ... this man, not you.'
"'Oh. Because you like me, huh?'
"Yes. God help him, yes. Very much so."