Percy Jackson is a twelve year old boy diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, who has been expelled from several schools, the latest one being Yancy Academy. During a school field trip, his math teacher, Ms. Dodds, attacks Percy revealing she is one of the three Furies, (Or The Kindly ones, as the people at Camp Half-Blood say.) After school had ended, Percy goes on a trip with his mother Sally, and his friend Grover, who is revealed to be a satyr. En route, Grover urges Sally to take Percy to a certain camp for protection. As they drive towards the camp, they are attacked by a Minotaur which grabs Percy’s mother by her throat. She dissolves into a golden shower of light, while Grover and Percy narrowly escape. Percy is moved into the Hermes cabin under the care of Luke, the Cabin counselor. During a Capture the Flag game, Percy is attacked by the children of Ares. He heals when he steps into the adjoining river and is revealed to be the son of Poseidon when Poseidon’s trident appears above his head. Poseidon has broken an oath taken with Hades and Zeus after World War II to refrain from having any more children with mortal women as the children become too powerful. Percy is then granted a quest to find Zeus’s master bolt which Chiron, one of Percy’s tutors at the camp, believes Hades has stolen. However, Zeus, who discovered Poseidon had broken his oath, believes Poseidon had Percy steal the bolt. Percy, who has ten days before summer solstice to find the bolt, is given magic shoes by Luke before leaving on the quest. Percy, accompanied by Annabeth and Grover, decides to travel west to reach the entrance to the Underworld in Los Angeles. They encounter Greek monsters including Medusa, the Furies, and others and also encounter the war god, Ares, who tells Percy that his mother is alive. As they approach the Pit of Tartarus, Luke’s shoes try to drag Grover over the edge into it, but he manages to slip his hooves free. Percy confronts Hades who also believes Percy has stolen the Master Bolt as well as his Helm of Darkness, an object that allows him to become a shadow and able to sneak up on his opponents. Percy realizes that Ares has tricked him when he discovers the bolt in his backpack. He flees from the Underworld, forced to leave his mother. Percy then fights and defeats Ares by hurting the god’s heel. Ares gives Percy the Helm of Darkness which Percy asks the Furies, who witnessed everything, to return to Hades. Percy takes the risk of going into the sky, the realm of Zeus, (takes a plane), and arrives in New York City to give the master bolt to Zeus at level 600 of the Empire State Building where Olympus is now located. Zeus accepts the master bolt and thereafter Percy returns to camp, after learning that his mother is alive. He meets Luke, who reveals that he stole the bolt for Kronos. He calls out a poisonous scorpion which stings and nearly kills Percy. Chiron cures him and Percy leaves to attend another school found by his mother, and Annabeth returns to live with her mortal father.
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