A classic retold: In 1990, vigilantes secretly track a murderous sorcerer to a southern Indiana cave, ready to kill him or die trying.
In summer 1990 Nora, a biology teacher at Lost River College, confronts two disturbing facts: an unknown blight is killing plants and animals alike in a quiet neighborhood near her house, and a fragment of a human ear has been discovered in an underground river by her fresh water biologist friend Wilbur.
The two facts eventually help identify a human monster: a sadistic murderer with paranormal abilities that allow him to kill without leaving evidence, except for minds flexible enough to notice what others--including the police--do not.
Eventually Nora and three friends join in a highly secretive vigilante quest that may be the death of them all. The murderer's accomplice, a creature that looks like a harmless tropical butterfly but presents unknown dangers, is as big a worry as the murderer himself..
The Faust legend--that of the man who sells his soul in exchange for supernatural power--has been told and retold for centuries in plays, novels, stories, films, and operas and has been called the quintessential narrative for the modern world of runaway technology. What most of us do not expect is that the legend might quite literally come to life.