James and Stephanie Miller are exhausted. Disillusioned with the last two years of their lives spent as missionaries to Papua New Guinea, they are disappointed with the spiritual condition they left their little village. James makes the decision that the whole family needs a break, and they decide to take a furlough in the mountains of North Carolina.
Stephanie starts to see things; visions that frighten her and convince her that what she is seeing is real. Terrified that she is loosing her mind, she invites her brother to balance out a world that is quickly slipping out of her control. The house they are in is full of frightening secrets, and Stephanie begins to remember things from her past that scare her even more than the whispers within the walls of their mountain dwelling. When they are stranded by a snowstorm, will they ever be a whole family again? Or is there really something out to get them?
Once you get past the eeriness of this book, it is a hard-to-put down read. The big, creepy house ought to get your attention, or maybe the blood running off the walls. But it forced me to re-evaluate what I believe is possible in the spiritual realm, and what a human being is capable of doing. While most Christians believe Satan is real, it's very hard to truly be afraid of him until you have met him face to face. Yet, "if God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31