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Redemption only comes once in an after-lifetime...

Daniel Masenda thought he had made peace with his dark past when he left his home for a better life fourteen years ago. As the mayor of a small, tranquil town along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Daniel has everything he ever wanted - until a series of haunting visions, coupled with the death of his estranged mother, pits him against two ghostly entities at war with one another. Each has its own agenda as they force Daniel to relive moments from his violent youth and push him to the edge of insanity. As his idyllic life begins to unravel, will he be able to decipher the message behind the hauntings before they destroy, not only him, but the soul of someone he left behind?

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  • In the Prologue, we meet Danny Masenda, an abused boy caught up in the bitter enmity brought on by his parents' divorce.

  • Chapter One - Daniel Masenda, now an adult and mayor of the town of Port Kirkland, begins to experience frightening visions.

  • Chapter Two - Daniel wrestles with memories of his mother, of deaths past, and of Miranda as he prepares to face his family at a funeral.

  • Chapter Three - Daniel sifts through the relics of his past at his Mother's apartment in Baltimore.

  • Chapter Four - Daniel's world is shaken as two people resurface from his past--just as Vicki plans to leave him.

  • Chapter Five - Daniel has a disastrous reunion with his father, then receives a warning from the other side.

  • Chapter Six - Miranda reveals her abilities as a psychic medium and Daniel receives several surprise guests—not all of which are among the living.

  • Chapter Seven - Daniel returns to his alma mater to seek help from his old counselor, triggering memories of violence from the past which have never ceased to haunt him.

  • Chapter Eight - Desperate for answers, Daniel goes to Miranda for help. She delves into his memories and confronts his tormentor.

  • Chapter Nine - In the course of three confrontations - the first with Vicky, the second with his demon, the third with the tortured child who haunts him - Daniel learns what he must do to end the nightmares.

  • Chapter Ten - After his fatal confrontation with the demon, Daniel reaches out to Miranda from the other side. Together, they're forced on a disturbing tour through Daniel's violent childhood.

  • Chapter Eleven - Consumed by rage and bitterness, Daniel confronts the spirit of his abusive mother, Theresa. She shows him moments from their past that remind him of the challenges and fears she faced as a single parent. Daniel must then decide whether to forgive his mother and allow her soul to move on, or condemn her for eternity.

  • Chapter Twelve and Epilogue - Daniel is briefly hospitalized after his rescue from the railroad bridge. After returning home, he encounters the ghostly boy one last time before reuniting with a surprisingly sympathetic Vicki.

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