At Kenilworth, the god Sylvanus showed her trees that he claimed were the metamorphosized lovers of the cruel nymph Zabeta
. One tree sang a song aligning Elizabeth with Zabeta
and asking the Queen to remain at Kenilworth forever or return him to his original condition and let him go (128-31 ).
Before she realizes why she is doing it, Evie passes herself off as one of Zabetas best friends at her funeral and quickly becomes the companion of Zabetas real best friend, bad girl Hadley, who likes to smoke and remains at the center of school gossip.
This need for friendship also compels the teen, despite her misgivings, to join Hadleyas obsession with finding Zabetas killer.