Lapped by the gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city, and the lingering memory of his father's death. And she's hopeful that she can earn the trust of the town as she builds a new practice. But all her plans unravel with the first snap of winter, and the news of a shocking incident: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. Claire had stopped prescribing a controversial drug to the troubled boy, a decision that some in the town now second-guess. But before she can defend herself a rash of new violence erupts in Tranquility. And when one of her patients dies, the town's panic turns to fury. Shaken by the accusations, and fearful that Noah is now at risk, Claire desperately searches for a medical cause behind the murderous epidemic. But while Claire races to save the town - and her son - from harm, she discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature, and turn innocents to slaughter.
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