Years ago, Jay Erlich's older brother Charlie, a wayward child of the Sixties, set out for California, where he fell under the sway of a charismatic, but deeply disturbed cult-like figure. Tragedy ensued and lives were destroyed, but as the decades passed, Charlie married and raised a family, and lived a quiet, secluded life, under the radar. Yet the demons that nearly destroyed him never really disappeared.
No one knows that better than Jay, whose life could not have been more different than his brother's. He has a successful medical practice and a wife and kids whom he deeply loves. But when disaster strikes Charlie, Jay is pulled back into his brother's past - -into a labyrinth of secrets, terror, and lies, where a family brought to the edge. With eyes wide open, Jay is determined to uncover the truth, a dangerous quest that leads beyond the brink of madness . . . and into the depths of evil.