Dark Visions is a trilogy series written by the author L.J. Smith. The series was originally published as three books in 1994 (The Strange Power) and 1995 (The Possessed, The Passion), with an omnibus edition released in 2009.
The trilogy follows the protagonist, Kaitlyn Fairchild, a teenager with the ability to see the future, which she draws out as pictures. Her ability is deemed both a "gift" and a "curse", as she cannot control what visions come, and usually they speak of an impending tragedy.
However, Kaitlyn is soon offered the opportunity to attend the Zetes Institute, an organization for young people with psychic abilities such as herself. She accepts the offer, coming to live at the institute and meeting four others with gifts like herself: Anna, who can psychically communicate with animals, Lewis, a psychokinetic, Rob, a handsome and naive young man with the power to heal others, and Gabriel, a dark and mysterious youth with an initially unknown power, but one deemed very dangerous.
Despite the apparent ease in which she fits into the institute and her growing attraction to Rob, Kaitlyn and the others soon uncover a dark secret about the institute and its true purpose for wanting them.
The Strange PowerEditWhile in class one day, Kaitlyn Fairchild begins drawing a picture of eyes behind a spiderweb. Soon afterwards, a nearby car accident occurs, and Kaitlyn realizes that what she had drawn earlier had not been a spider web with eyes, but the shattered glass of a car windshield with a frightened child looking out.
Kaitlyn has the ability to foresee events before they happen, compelled to express her visions as drawings, although she cannot control what she will see, giving her much grief. However, she is soon approached by a man, Mr. Zetes, who has learned of Kaitlyn's power and offers her the chance to hone her skills at his institute for young psychics like her. Kaitlyn takes the opportunity, in the hopes of learning to strengthen and control her visions.
Moving into the Zetes Institute, Kaitlyn soon meets others, with differing abilities: Anna, Lewis, Rob, and Gabriel. She quickly falls in love with Rob, who heals her leg with his power when she is injured, but her hopes are dampened upon learning that Rob, from a past accident, cannot feel romantic emotions anymore. She is also disturbed by Gabriel, who has a rocky past with Rob and whose power is not revealed, although the devastating effects of it are made clear during a test issued by the institute.
However, the teenagers soon realize all is not what it seems; discovering Mr. Zetes's true motive for creating the institute, the group conspires to flee to safety, although the institute is determined to keep them where they are.