Staff Sergeant Scott Chase has just returned to Iraq for his third deployment. Boots on the ground, Day One. A million miles from home and from the wife and daughters who anchor him to a world of caring, and maybe, he thinks, it's better this way. His last time out had ended with an IED and a severe head injury that had rocked his brain, leaving the tiny, hidden implant deep inside perched on the edge of something unforeseen. Now, it will only take another blow to set it pulsing, ticking inside Chase's head with unimaginable consequences. Meant to create a generation of human super weapons, it was already responsible for creating something
other. A terrible malignant force has been unleashed, trained to kill, to hunger for the souls of innocents. Chase will find himself forced to battle darkness itself, in a place he cannot name or even imagine.
On the other side of the world, Mike and Mariposa Guerrero are in the fight of their lives against an enemy they cannot defeat. Their seven-year-old son, Jaime, suffers from Tuberous Sclerosis and will not live to see his eighth year. It is all they can do to cling to each other as their son slips further and further away each day. But his lapses from this daylight world bring terror like they've never known, for Jaime is being stalked inside the darkness that waits within his dimming mind.
A breakthrough neurological device, MIMIC, allows Mike and Mariposa to communicate with their comatose child, the promise of bittersweet joy until they receive the chilling message "...in here with me. Daddy I am scared
A catastrophic injury sends Chase plummeting into a coma as well, but not before setting off the tiny, buried secret embedded within his brain. He locates Jaime within the twisted, horrifying comascape. And now a monster hunts them both. Mike and Mariposa can only watch helplessly as MIMIC depicts the predator's attacks, and the nightmare unfolding before them.
Chase knows he is Jaime's only hope. But can he keep his rapidly-failing human body alive long enough to save a small boy's soul?