A secret chamber.
A mysterious shipwreck.
A murder in the desolate salt marshes.
seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more
complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could
Pendergast, together with his ward Constance
Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts,
to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the
wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a
bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.
Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and
troubled history, and this skeleton may be only the first hint of an
ancient transgression, kept secret all these years. But they will
discover that the sins of the past are still very much alive. Local
legend holds that during the 1692 witch trials in Salem, the real
witches escaped, fleeing north to Exmouth and settling deep in the
surrounding salt marshes, where they continued to practice their wicked
Then, a murdered corpse turns up in the marshes. The only clue
is a series of mysterious carvings. Could these demonic symbols bear
some relation to the ancient witches' colony, long believed to be
A terrible evil lurks beneath the surface of this sleepy
seaside town-one with deep roots in Exmouth's grim history. And it may
be that Constance, with her own troubled past, is the only one who truly
comprehends the awful danger that she, Pendergast, and the residents of
Exmouth must face . . .