* As the story opens, Percy Jackson is being dropped at his new high school by his mom. Percy is to attend orientation but sees a girl, Rachel Dare, he knows, and goes in a side door.
* Percy is met by a pair of cheerleaders at the side door and thinks there's something strange but doesn't know what.
* Percy winds up near Rachel at orientation and she suddenly tells him to run.
* Percy and Rachel run and Percy soon discovers Rachel can see through the Mist that keeps most people from seeing monsters as they really are.
* Percy and Rachel clash with the cheerleaders, who are really monsters, in the band room.
* Percy reveals to Rachel that he's a demigod, and Rachel urges him to run away while she stays to face the consequences of the fire that was part of the brief battle.
* Percy meets up...
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