With a newly acquired journalism degree and a heart full of ambition, Jessica sets out through Turner’s Woods with the intention of exposing the horrible environmental practices of the local paper mill. Armed with no more than a test tube for collecting water samples and Toby, a former high school geek and classmate, Jessica searches for the rumored toxins killing the forest and streams, but what she discovers is far worse than any toxic waste.
An age-old entity still inhabits Turner’s Woods, and though she’s grown frail and weary, she’s had many years to seethe and wallow in her anger—anger towards the men who have slowly destroyed her home. Avalbane feels no pity. Avalbane shows no mercy. Avalbane has only a deep hunger, which needs to be fed, and a pent up desire for vengeance that’s about to be unleashed. The one thing standing between her and the destruction she has sought for decades flows vibrantly through Jessica’s veins.