Yielding to a compulsion he can’t explain, Ted Barton interrupts his vacation in order to
visit the town of his birth, Millgate, Virginia. But upon entering the sleepy, isolated little hamlet,
Ted is distraught to find that the place bears no resemblance to the one he left behind—and never did.
He also discovers that in this Millgate Ted Barton died of scarlet fever when he was nine years old. Perhaps even more
troubling is the fact that it is literally impossible to escape. Unable to leave, Ted struggles to find the reason for such disturbing
incongruities, but before long, he finds himself in the midst of a struggle between good and evil that stretches far beyond the
confines of the valley.