Children are disappearing in Mobile, Alabama, the latest snatched from her own bedroom. There are no clues – and, as yet, no bodies. With public anger reaching dangerous levels, homicide detective Carson Ryder finds a case hopelessly tangled up in murky local politics. Ryder’s bosses have one last hope, though: Connor Sandhill, a former cop whose uncanny ability to solve baffling crimes is legendary. But Sandhill left the police in mysterious circumstances and his presence on the case causes uproar. With the hunt ever more urgent, he and Ryder must form an uneasy alliance. At the root of these disappearances is something truly evil – and its source is closer to home than either could have imagined.