“It's a long way back to Eden, Sweetheart, so don't sweat the small stuff.”
“My own mystery, unplumed, undetected, was sorted into files that were neatly labeled but really didn't say much.”
Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it's time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat--blindfolded--with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?
“It's better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.”