The first time she spoke to him was at midnight. Seven-year-old Autumn Backman needed a hero. When she saw Special Agent Dillon Savich on TV after hed brought down bank robbers in a Georgetown bank, she knew shed found him. She called Savich, but she didnt use the phone. They were burying dead people in my daddys grave . . . theyre coming after us. Please help me. Whos they? Blessed, hes coming. Ethan Merriweather, sheriff of Titusville, Virginia, a small mountain town near the Titus Hitch Wilderness, goes looking for a missing little girl. Soon after he finds her, Ethan realizes that Autumn has brought him a huge problem a relentless madman who has the ability to control others simply by looking at them. And the madman is after her and her mom. Its Uncle Blessed, and he wants Autumn. When Savich answers Autumns call, she tells him Blessed is from Brickers Bowl, Georgia. Savich and Sherlock go to Blesseds home, learn about his brother, Grace, and meet their mother, Shepherd. Savich soon realizes the only way to stop Blessed is to cut off the snakes head. Back in Titusville, Ethan, Autumn, and her mother, Joanna, are forced to hide from Blessed and Grace in the wilderness. Ethan knows the brothers will never give up their insane pursuit for Autumn. Its a race to stop the madness, or the madness will destroy them all.