A young woman, Rita Ferris, and her little son die at the
hands of an unknown killer, and the past and present
collide violently for Charlie Parker.
Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and
daughter, and the events surrounding the hunt for their
killer, the Traveling Man, Parkerhas retreated to the
wintry Maine landscapes of his youth. But his return
reawakens the ghosts of the past, forcing him to join the
hunt for Billy Purdue, Rita's ex-husband and the chief
suspect in the slayings.
As the death toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone
else is hunting for Billy Purdue, someone who seems to know
Parker almost as well as he knows himself, and that the
true answer to the puzzle lies thirty years in the past; in
a tree with strange fruit; in the troubled history of
Parker's own grandfather; and in the violent origins of a
mythical killer: the monster known only as Caleb Kyle.