A plague of demons threatens humanity, and there’s only a small team of the devout, backed up by some angels, to stop them.
In a world threatened by demons and protected sometimes by angels, a young man is driven away from St. Adrian’s Academy after he seeks shelter in his neighbor’s house. Reese Stratton-Mallins sought refuge at football player–turned-neurochemist Tommy Gunderson’s East Salem, N.Y., home after his twin, Edmond, was separated from him at school and chosen for an elite school group, the Selected, whose members are given nefarious tasks for purposes unknown. Suddenly, the car Reese is riding in is attacked. Although Reese doesn’t fully understand who or what the attacker is, he does know that he’s the only survivor and that he’s terrified. Tommy offers Reese his protection and introduces him to allies in the fight against demons, like Tommy’s girlfriend, Danielle Harris, and Linz Pharmaceuticals employee and spy Quinn McKellen. Dark forces are evidently conspiring to create mayhem, and the mysterious new drug Provivilan may be on its way to achieving its creators’ goal, if only Tommy and his team can find out what that is.
Though usually known for memorable characters, Wiehl and Nelson lose the trail and the reader when what should be the climax of their East Salem trilogy gets bogged down describing the rules of the supernatural world and reciting the story developments since the second installment (Darkness Rising, 2012).