The horrible, creepy thing is that this is going on without the kids' knowledge. The parents move them here so that whatever problems the teens have, they get completely erased with this brainwashing. They lose their free will and much of their original personality, and their brains become subconsciously addicted to these Messages. So when these kids become college age, you have to make sure that they listen to this special music, that the Messages are hidden in, every day, so that they don't go crazy and die. Yikes. =P Here's a definition of the word "candor" I found on Wikipedia: Candor is a virtue that is the quality of being open and honest in expression. i.e., frankness. How ironic. This town is anything but honest!
In the midst of all this, the son of the guy who founded this place, Oscar, is one of the few teens who are able to resist the Messages, because he is fully conscious of their existence. To his father, he seems like the perfect, model son, but he doesn't realize that Oscar makes a business out of helping kids who move into Candor escape, giving them alternative Messages to fight off the controlling Messages, so the teens keep their real selves. He makes a lot of big bucks out of this.
The story takes a turn when a new girl, Nia, moves into Candor, and Oscar falls in love. She rides a skateboard, she's an artist, and she likes M&Ms. It will be quite difficult to get her out of Candor, because how can he bear to be away from her? But on the other hand, he can't let the Messages crush her free, individual spirit. So what to do?
There's a whole lot more to the plot, but I figured that's all I need to reveal. The one thing I didn't like was how the book ended. I mean, from the start I realized that no matter what happened, it would have an unhappy ending, but I never could've predicted this! No, I won't spoil it for you. Go ahead and pick it up yourself! ^_~