Residents of a small town in Ohio are suddenly confronted by a spectral house that appears and disappears before their very eyes, and a strange, glowing dwarf. Then the disappearances begin. The trail leads to a government-financed project intended to radically boost agricultural production. When Saxon and Associates arrive to investigate matters, they encounter and rescue the sister of a missing graduate student and Weed comes face-to-face with the gibbering horror in the dead of night.
Troubled ex-con Zack Taylor is haunted by the accidental death of his brother years before. Zack's guilt and anger have pushed him into a shadowy, wandering life, with little purpose and few attachments. When he hears of the death of his close friend Ben Sterling, a supposed gunshot suicide, Zack finds he now has a purpose - to find out what happened. Then his purpose becomes an obsession.