Ex-librarian Anne Cheron returns to her native Texas town to find her missing brother Eddie, who has vanished beneath the deceptively calm waters of Ancient Lake. But Anne will never see Eddie again, at least not as the warm, loving sibling of a shared, pain-filled childhood. Before Anne realizes the depths of evil she faces, she is in way over her terrified head, targeted for death by the very horror that killed Eddie. and now wants her hideously slaughtered, too. Stalked by unknown enemies paranormal and human as well, Anne Cheron must solve the mystery of the forbidding Ancient Lake or die in its depths, the last in a series of unsolved murders.