People from across the country and around the globe are coming to the mountain retreat of Hester Thorne, the enthralling leader of the Universal Enlightened Alliance. They are coming to hear the comforting wisdom and messages of peace offered by Orrin, the centuries-old entity that Hester channels. They are coming to donate their money and time to Hester, the Alliance, and Orrin. And some are chosen to make a more significant contribution . . . a greater sacrifice. Jordan Cross is looking for a reporter who disappeared while investigating the truth behind the Alliance . . . Lauren Schroeder is trying to find her husband, who joined the Alliance and kidnapped their son . . . Together, they will go behind the Universal Enlightened Alliance's false front of crystals and meditation and life-affirming positivity to discover the terrifying truth of an ancient cult bent on tearing down the wall between this world and one of unspeakable evil. The process has begun and the final dark rites are under way. It may already be too late . . .