When a U.S. Senator's seven-year-old grandson goes missing in the woods behind his home, the only witness, the boy's older brother, says, "The lights took him," and then never speaks again.
As police and the FBI launch a massive search, suspecting everything from domestic terrorism to kidnapping, only the boys' grandmother, Lynn Roseworth, fears she knows the truth.
Before she was a politician's wife, Lynn was a researcher of missing people who mysteriously vanished. But after a series of frightening encounters and great personal upheaval, she ran from that life, vowing never to think of it again.
Now, risking her husband's reputation and the exposure of her own controversial work, she must return to her past in order to find her grandson. Because only Lynn knows that the missing people who she once investigated all disappeared into lights from the heavens, and that her own father repeatedly warned her: "Never go in the woods."
William Chance is the boy who returned; vanished from his family’s woods and found in an isolated town in Colorado by his grandmother Lynn Roseworth. For most of his life, he’s been the living proof that his grandmother and her fellow researchers were right all along about the terror from the stars; evidence of a vast government conspiracy to keep the truth from the public.
Fifteen years after his return, he’s on the run, hiding from everyone, including his own family. He knows he can hide from everything, except the nightmares: fires, storms, disease and violence – he dreams of it all.
When he’s suddenly exposed, he finds that the media, government operatives and renegade true believers will stop at nothing to find him. Joined by a girl with terrifying abilities, he begins a desperate journey across the United States to find the others who share the nightmares of disasters unfolding across the globe.
Determined to help her grandson, Lynn unravels the secret of what was done to her and all the abducted, only to find, once again, how far the government will go to contain her. She will also, at last, learn the stunning truth of her parents’ discoveries, that foretold of the final days of the world.