Fear is a powerful engine… No one understands that better than Michael Kerrigan, a famous suspense writer who has his own deadly secrets. One day, Michael wakes and discovers that his past is no longer dead and buried, when a friend he thought long dead arrives at a book signing, intent on wreaking havoc in his life. Desperate for escape but with nowhere to run, he ends up back in his old hometown of Steele Ridge, Tennessee, where he soon realizes that the ghosts of his past are indeed all around him. Armed with only his secrets and the two people that he cares for most in this world he must return home and pay for the wrong that he has done. For only then will he be able to seize the engine that controls him and take back his fear. But when the first body appears and Michael is caught up in the aftermath, he soon realizes that real life is scarier than fiction, and he might not make it out of this particular story alive.