"This work of fiction is based on the actual legend of the demon in the Red River Gorge of eastern Kentucky. It was conceived in the uncanny mind of Robert A. Powell, who always wanted to translate the strange and unusual tales surrounding the unexplained forces at work in the Gorge."Story Synopsis - The folks in a tranquil, and somewhat isolated community, in the foothills of Appalachia, make a startling discovery. They unearth a makeshift grave filled with mummified bones, representing approximately a hundred bodies. They first believe it is an ancient Indian burial mound. However, scientific data reveals positive IDs, which link to several recent unsolved mysteries within a 20-mile radius of town.Jeri Jacks, the editor of the local newspaper suspects Sam Pent, a local celebrity, of being a demon, disguised as a man, or possessing human form, who sucks the living energy out of the people in this area in order to survive. Through persistent investigation, she discovers that Srpent is the ancient name used by the Devil himself when he walked incognito among men. Sam signs his name SRPent - never with periods, or separating the letters. Jeri eventually shares her information with Sheriff McNeal, who already suspects Sam is involved, but cannot find definite proof. As pieces of the puzzle fall into place, it is determined the next mass catastrophe will take place during the July 4th celebration at the golf course near Sam Pent's house. Sam has bonded with his neighbor, Carole Jackson and her two young daughters. Suspense mounts, as it is revealed Sam plans to accompany the innocent young family to the fireworks show, where Sheriff McNeal has determined the Demon will strike next.