Whitney is a thief. A good one. Like a mosquito she comes in quietly, first anaesthetising, then feeding, and finally leaving before her prey know any better. It's a strategy which has worked for her 22 times in the past. But when she lands in Refuge, a discovery at an estate sale opens the door to other possibilities.
Joe Dolan wakes with a 'headful of hornets', a warning that today's going to bring something bad. He attends the funeral of an innocent - an Angel - and tries to work out if his wife has been kidnapped. Father Millar makes an appearance, we step inside the Blue Frog Tavern, and we meet Joe's brother Frank, as well as an artist and other notable residents of Refuge.
A young man escapes in an asylum seekers' boat, but it gets sunk by pirates. And that's when the nightmare begins in this tale inspired by Lovecraft's "Dagon". He wouldn't look down - that was too frightening. He looked up at the stars, the horizon, the foam on top of the waves as they rose and fell with the ocean's swell. The tiny red boat must be more refugees, mustn't it?
A keen crossword puzzler is puzzled even more by disturbing news about the crossword's creator. A tale for the armchair sleuth and anyone who is following the goings-on in the strange little town of Refuge.