In the most haunted city in America, a killer has struck leaving the citizens of Savannah gripped in terror. After the discovery of a woman’s body — strangled, mutilated, and discarded on the riverbank like a heap of trash — homicide detective Kim Langley is determined to find the person responsible. But when the trail of disfigured corpses leads her back to her dark past and celebrity author L.E. Payne, she has to wonder- is the killer out for revenge? As she is forced to play the killer’s perverse game, she learns the past maybe forgotten — but never dies.
Dark and dangerous, L.E. Payne is suspected of being the merciless killer who hunts in the swamps of South Georgia. Blaming himself for the tragic accident of a co-ed twelve years earlier, Payne drowns his guilt in alcohol, preferring numbness to any emotion. Struggling with his haunted past and failing career, he strives to suppress his growing attraction to the beautiful ghostwriter, Anna Grace, as together they pen a story eerily similar to the murders that have rocked the Hostess City.
Working beside the mysterious writer, Anna is ever aware of the fact that she cannot trust the secretive man she’s falling for. But as the bodies line up one by one, Anna must decide if Payne is innocent or if he is a deadly monster unburden by guilt or remorse, a murderer who kills for the sheer thrill of the game.