Nineteen-year-old Ruthie finds herself lost when her mother disappears without a trace. Now responsible for her sister's care, Ruthie struggles to be the grown-up, especially when the discovery of Sara Harrison Shea's diary opens up a world of the dead coming back to life. Unable to stop the secrets from coming to light, Ruthie's determination to find her mother leads her to dangerous places.
It's the reunion of the heavy metal band The Rising Dead, and guitarist Jesse Wheeler expects to return home stone sober. Just when his attempts seem successful, an odd encounter on the road plunges him into a world of clones, feral men, and his worst enemy: booze. Is this all in his mind? Is this the punishment for his sins? Unable to trust what he sees, who he meets, Jesse struggles to keep his sanity intact.
Nobody believes the Blood Lights to be a threat, for they're unaware of their very existence. Lou Collins has sacrificed his personal life in pursuit of the truth, yet his work is regarded as fiction. Jezzie Mitchell is reminded of her brother's vicious murder, when she observes dangerous, yet familiar behaviour. Bridgette Collins uses her knowledge to get ahead, and further her career at the expense of humanity. All are connected, and all will fall victim to the Blood Lights.