He returned to Riverton Valley to start a new life, but something evil awaits him. Reese Wilson thinks he left the demons of the past behind. Maimed at age fifteen by the same pro-slavery guerrillas who killed his parents, he returns to Riverton after enlisting in the Union Army, being captured at Cold Harbor, and spending the rest of the war in the notorious Andersonville Prison. Now he's back home with three goals: to marry his sweetheart, Sarah; to seek justice for the men who killed his parents; and to build a prosperous farm in southwestern Missouri. Meanwhile, hidden secrets of pain and guilt smolder in his heart. When a new parson comes to the valley, the past returns to haunt Reese. He must grapple with an unexpected foe, a mountain lion responsible for killing several local residents. Reese sets out with his friends to end the cat's killing spree. But when those dearest to him are threatened, Reese must battle a demonic force that has roamed the valley for twenty-seven years in a confrontation that will test the very heart of his faith.