Arlen has seen it in men before - a trace of smoke in their eyes that promises imminent death. He is never wrong. When Arlen and his young companion Paul are stranded at the CYPRESS HOUSE with a hurricane approaching, Paul won't abandon the boarding house's enigmatic mistress Rebecca to face the storm alone. But Arlen's gift warns him that if they stay too long, they may never leave. 'Few novelists warrant mention alongside Stephen King or Peter Straub. Michael Koryta, however, earns comparison to both.' - Dennis Lehane.