While hiking on a lonely mountain in Arkansas, Jacob Barclay finds a cabin with a terrible secret. Sheriff Billy Joe Shoemaker discovers that his small, backwoods town may hold more danger than he ever imagined. Molly Carothers, lost in a sea of woods, starving and scared, believes she has found a guardian angel to free her. Brian Carothers, haunted by his family's heritage, struggles with his sanity. Victor Carothers sees his power increase. As his appetites are sated, he oils his guns and plots his next victim. The lives of the town of Bexton, Arkansas depend upon Jacob, the strange Yankee seeking adventure and solace. Jacob finds he is faced with a struggling faith, and the realization that sometimes evil runs in the family.