"Third Teenage Girl Savagely Killed. Cult Involvement Explored", blared the local headline.
Daniel Webster, washed out Baltimore City detective, seizes a last chance position on a small-town police force. He'll need to polish his rusty investigation skills to catch a brazen killer stalking the bay coast village.
Jane Powers, his fellow officer grieves her only daughter, one of the three teens brutally murdered.
The once calm residents now seek justice, wondering whether any young woman is safe from the violent predator. For the first time in memory they oil their rusty deadbolts, then twist them shut.
Facing mounting pressure, the task force summons the F.B.I. to help solve the homicides while they investigate a once-proud religion turned unspeakably evil. The Corbin Cult, in desperation, struggles to conceal its secrets, with each new revelation law enforcement unearths.