A novel of transcendental horror and vengeance from the author of The Well and The Jonah Watch. In the heart of the deep south, where memories of a war long over still simmer, Dan McDowell is pursued by a chilling apparition—the spectral image of his great-grandfather . . . a family horror almost too awful to comprehend. Destined to learn the secret of his family’s past, McDowell is constrained to repeat—in the name of honor and Southern chivalry—the heinous crime of his ancestor, an act required, demanded by his ghost . . .