His planet was attacked when he was just a toddler. He fled with his adult Cepean-charged with his safety and helping him as his special abilities begin to show. His life was spent on the run, hoping that the Mogadorians that attacked his planet and destroyed its resources, won't find him-or the others. He finally settles in as John Smith and lives in rural Ohio, leading a fairly normal life. That is, until he is discovered.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, with its fast action and interesting plot line. I was able to spot influences by superheroes-specifically Superman. The idea of a race depleting and destroying their planet, and invading other peace-loving planets, hints to concerns of ecology and war. This books will be a quick read for most anyone.