Jack Sawyer is a retired homicide detective brought back into the game by a rather unconventional villain. He will travel between worlds to defeat this evil creature, in an attempt to save a boy?s life. Jack?s journey will be filled with battles against evil, supernatural forces, special weapons aiding him, and his heroic deeds. Stephen King, author of Black House, introduces the readers to a handsome, intelligent, and articulate man looking for peace and quiet. Until, a murderer terrorizes French Landing, Wisconsin. The chief of police needs Jack?s help. This is the beginning to Jack?s journey with the Fisherman.
Two children have disappeared from the little Wisconsin town and Jack has not gotten fully involved in the case. He helps were he can but he does not want that life again. Something is pulling him in though. He cannot explain what it is or why it is happening. Tyler Marshall, the third victim, has now disappeared.
Jack sees that this is getting serious. He is getting ?signs? from another world, the Territories. Robins? eggs are showing up everywhere he goes, hundreds of robins? breast feathers are pouring out of his home. He is at first quizzical about all of this, eventually, he realizes it is someone calling him back to the Territories. One day Jack receives a package on his doorstep. In it there are a few remains of the second victim, a little girl. He feels panicky and begins to run to the fields behind his house. ? There is a sense of approaching climax growing in his mind? something getting ready to break? to change?or change back.?  As he is running voices from his past or coming into his head and their faces are circling. Then, Jack ?flips?, goes into the other world, into the Territories.