Near the little town of West Falls, Vermont in the woods is a place called Devil’s Land where there are rumors of evil and the children are not allowed to play. In 1908 on a farm nearby a young girl dies and her mother, Sara, soon dies under mysterious circumstances.
Sergeant Hallie Michaels’s sister, Dell, has died, and Hallie is suddenly plucked out of Afghanistan and put on a plane headed home with no time to decompress from the war that still echoed in her head. Upon her arrival to South Dakota her childhood friends picked her up at the airport, but there was also someone else waiting- Dell’s ghost.
An early morning phone call asks Chief Deputy Kimble which he would prefer to investigate- a homicide or a suicide. Later, Wyatt French is discovered shot. French was something of an eccentric who drank too much but was known for building a lighthouse not by the ocean but in the mountains of Kentucky.