The hero of this story is Mike Noonan, a novelist. Noonan begins by describing the death of his wife four years ago, and his subsequent grief and the resulting writer's block. Up until just after his wife's death, Noonan had been publishing a book a year. But he'd written four other manuscripts in the meantime and put them in a safe-deposit box. One at a time, these are the manuscripts that he has been sending to his publisher since his writer's block began.
Faced with recurring nightmares about his wife's ghost and his country house in rural Maine (called Sara Laughs), and all out of extra manuscripts for his publisher, Noonan realizes he must go to the country house in order to work out his problems. Strange occurrences upon Noonan's arrival at Sara Laughs seem to indicate that the house is haunted.
But before long, Noonan falls in love with a young widow whose millionaire father-in-law holds considerable power in town. The evil father-in-law plans to take the young widow's small daughter away from her. When Noonan takes up her cause he realizes that the millionaire is criminally insane, and that he now faces physical dangers as well as the supernatural dangers from his haunted house. Eventually, Noonan comes to understand that the ghosts haunting his house are there as a result of atrocious crimes committed by the evil millionaire's, as well as his own, ancestors. Now, Noonan must set these ghosts to rest in order to get on with the rest of his own life.
This report prepared by Billy Pashaie
Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra's struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want from Mike Noonan?
This report prepared by Tyler Volz