In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil - if they don't kill each other first. US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier - a "craftsman." After a black-ops mission gone wrong, Dale is cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by his good and evil ancestors. Major Michael Endicott, a Puritan craftsman, finds gruesome evidence that the evil Mortons, formerly led by the twins Roderick and Madeline, have returned, and that Dale might be one of them.
There's a strange and wonderful event - the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race - that each year draws pigeon fanciers to Johannesburg from around the globe. They're an odd, eccentric group, united only by their love of and obsession with their birds, who will fly more than 300 miles to complete the Million Dollar and then never race again.