In the first volume of the "Higher Institute of Villainous Education" series, thirteen-year-old genius Otto Malpense is recruited and forcibly taken to H.I.V.E., a school that trains criminal masterminds. Clever enough to trick the most powerful man in the country, Otto is a perfect candidate to become a villain. Dr. Nero, the headmaster at H.I.V.E. selects Otto to be kidnapped and tutored in the art of villainy. Otto soon befriends three students and plans his escape from the school.