Stephen Pap has only been to this small town in Hungary once before and under the same circumstances. However, at the time, he was a boy of only nine years of age. Fifteen years have now passed but to him, the memory of that visit continues to haunt his thoughts and fuel his nightmares to this day.
Is there true validity to folklore and frightening tales passed down through the years by each generation? Might this simply be a tool to keep children in their beds at night? Stephen had never heard of stories like the one he has lived. Up until that one moment in time, he was happy and intrigued by life. Yet, in a single second, with one terrifying event, everything he ever knew became drastically tainted.
Has the darkness around us always concealed mysterious secrets we dare not question and if so, do we have any control of the natural outcome? If you could muster up a way to manipulate events in your favor, would it be worth it? Would you worry about the debris you may leave behind? Most importantly, for selfish deeds, would a curse be upon you and the generations who follow?
Stephen does not recall meeting Zsofia on that first visit when they were children. Yet, she appears to know everything about him, even current events. As they get to know one another, he realizes how calm and content he is in her presence. In fact, he knows his heart skipped a beat with the first touch. However, he finds himself worried that he may be subjecting her to danger, just for being near him.
How strong are the bonds of love and how distorted might they become when desire is the rule? Will Stephen be able to outrun what his ancestors before him set into motion? Or, is his fate and the fate of others sealed within the fear-provoking shadows slowly creeping in around them?
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