Stephen King's The Stand: Summary

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Stephen King's The Stand is a thrilling novel that portrays the forces

of good against evil. In the year 1991, a plague strikes America, leaving only

a few thousand people alive who are "immune" to the epidemic. Of the survivors,

those who serve G-d instinctively join in Boulder, Colorado, while those who

worship the "Dark Man" are drawn to Las Vegas, Nevada. The two groups

separately re-build society, until one must destroy the other.

Franni Goldsmith comes very close to killing herself. She thinks she

can not deal with her parents' deaths, being unwed and pregnant, and having the

only other survivor in her hometown of Ogunquit, Main be her recently deceased

best friend's weird brother Harold Lauder. Fran puts aside her personal

feelings for Harold aside, and goes with him to the place in her dreams, to

Boulder, Colorado.

On their way, they meet up with six people from various states in the

United States who joined them on their journey.

Fran is disturbed by her

dreams, as all of them are by their own. She dreams of an old lady named

Abigail, in Colorado. This lady is kind and loving and promises to protect

them from the evil. In the dreams there is also a "Dark Man". He is always

there lurking, waiting to attack.

Harold admits to himself that he is in love with Fran and goes crazy

when he realizes how serious Fran has become with Stuart Redman, one of the

newcomers to their traveling group. Harold becomes insanely jealous and plots

to separate them, even if it means murder.

Harold doesn't admit it to any of them, but his dreams are different

from theirs. In his dreams the "Dark Man" offers Harold power and respect,

something Harold could never imagine in the past.