In a forgotten part of the Appalachians, the town of McAllen is rife with the traces of departed native tribes and crumbling ghost towns, a remote corner of Ohio that has long been a place where superstition and secrets hide in the forests surrounding the mountains.
Sheriff Jessica Attwood was born there, and if she isn’t careful, she’ll die there. McAllen has a morgue full of bodies, a file of missing persons dating back to the Civil War and the sheriff has no idea what is happening in her town. Her questions only multiply when her investigation leads her to the half-breed mountain man, Sig, and her little world is thrown into a chaos that only calms when she’s in his arms.
Sig has stayed out of it. Haunted by his own demons, his job is to protect the people that call this place home, enduring the scorn of a population almost completely unaffected by the outside world. The problem of McAllen’s residents aren’t his concern..until they come into his holler. His duty brings him face to face with the local sheriff, a woman he’s watched from the shadows for years, drawn in a way he can’t explain.
Jessica’s investigation pulls her deeper into the holler, to a world of lost magic and small town legends.. legends that tell of a spirit roaming the woods, and a battle between good and evil that has raged for more than two centuries. As her fascination with Sig grows, something is calling her into the forest, into Sig’s arms and putting her on the front lines.
Wild animal, crazed woodsman.. Jessica’s guesses about the killer’s identity are as thick as the trees, but, as the line between worlds starts to blur, the superstitious townsfolk voice another theory. There’s something stalking the holler.
And it wants Jessica.