“It was a dark and stormy night.”
Meg and Charles Wallace are the two “freak” kids in the neighborhood. Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Murry, are two genius scientists. Their father has been missing for years now. Their brothers, Sandy and Dennis, are the only normal kids in the house.
Charles Wallace is only 5 years old, and he’s already speaking sentences with vocabulary words most adults wouldn’t use. His curiosity and smarts get him in lots of trouble though. He prefers to stay silent when others are around, thus earning the rumor that he can’t talk. Charles Wallace has this weird connection to Meg, his mother, and the rest of the world. Meg hates herself. She hates how she looks, her stubbornness, and other people. She’s smart as well, but her brain works differently. She misses her father and refuses to think he’s dead.
The Murry family live the most normal life they can, but that all changes one dark and stormy night. Meg and Charles Wallace meet another child genius, Calvin, and they quickly become somewhat friends. But word is that there’s a tramp around. They’ve taken the sheets from Mrs. Buncombe, and that tramp is about to make a stop to the Murry’s house.
Before long, Charles Wallace, Meg, and Calvin are swept up in an adventure to defeat IT and save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father. They’re taken by Ms. Who, Ms. Which, and Ms. Whatsit, all capable of tesseracting. The journey takes them to planets they’ve never heard of, such as Camazotz, where everyone is the same and controlled by IT. Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace mess up, resulting in a hypnotized Charles Wallace and a trapped father. If they make it out alive and back home to Earth is up to you to read.