When Tilda Brennen's family dies in a fire, she is left wheelchair-bound and suffering from survivor's guilt. It was her fault. She'd left the candles burning that night. But there is a deeper, darker truth to the accident. "He" has slept for years, dormant and untouched by the human world. Then she arrives at the little house beyond the woods, and he awakens. He has waited so long for another chance. This time, he will not fail.