Christina Evans is a former chorus girl running her first major production for a Las Vegas casino. This is how she meets Elliot Stryker, a former member of army intelligence turned lawyer. Their instantaneous and powerful attraction and connection is typical of the kind of romantic situations that you would usually find in a Kootz book. When Christina decides to exhume the body of her twelve year old son Danny, who was killed in a bus accident along with a number of other boys, she asks Elliot to handle the legal aspects for her. From there, things start to get weird.
Christina has recurring dreams that her son is reaching out to her for help. Messages begin to appear with the words 'not dead'. At first, she suspects her ex-husband or perhaps some unknown person with a grudge is playing a cruel and terrible joke. But as the strange happenings escalate, it becomes clear that no ordinary person is responsible. Is Danny reaching out to her from the grave? Or is the truth far more complicated and strange?
From the bright lights of Las Vegas to a secret military compound in the Sierra's, the couple must outrace armed hit men as they try to discover what really happened to Danny and the other boys.
As always, Koontz delivers a roller coaster ride of twists and turns that lead to an unforeseen and unexpected conclusion.