In 1975, the DeForest brothers are on the run. Walter, the older brother, is wanted by police in Virginia for the near-fatal beating of a U.S. Senator’s nephew. Benjamin, the younger brother, is a potent psychokinetic who can manifest the spirits of the dead – and AWOL from a clandestine military unit that intended to weaponize his abilities for the conflict in Vietnam.
The two brothers find refuge in Cottonwood, Kansas, a small farming community with a past haunted by the eighty-year-old mass murder of a carnival sideshow troupe aboard an old railway car. When the railway car is recovered from the depths of the Black Vermillion River, a select few descendents of the original Cottonwood elders wish to keep their secrets buried along with the bodies. But Benjamin’s unique abilities hone in on the lingering spirits and bring to life a cruel troupe of supernatural creatures that aim to destroy Cottonwood as revenge for the conspiracy that led to their demise.
As horrific revenge murders begin to occur across town, the people of Cottonwood turn against the DeForest brothers. Walter must work fast to uncover the truth about Cottonwood’s terrible past and save his younger brother from a staunchly-religious but ultimately corrupt lawman who does not wish for his family name to be blackened by the unearthing of a murderous conspiracy – nor does he wish for authorities to question him about a number of hitchhikers that have gone missing in his County.
The DeForest brothers must escape Cottonwood before the ghosts of the past have the streets running red with the blood of the wicked and the innocent alike.
In the end, Cottonwood will fall. Few will survive.
[Madame Ileana ilustration courtesy of Galen Dara]