When a young woman disappears on the same morning her infant nephew is found missing from his crib, Sheriff Stanley Roebuck believes he's only dealing with a kidnapping. He scoffs at the local reverend's suspicion that a malevolent spirit is involved … that is, until the town's criminals begin dropping dead for reasons the coroner cannot explain.
With the woman and child both still missing, Roebuck wonders if something even more sinister is happening in Los Pinos—something neither he nor the reverend have the power to subdue. Then, one deputy's shocking discovery makes Sherriff Roebuck question everything he has ever known, and fear he has waited too long.
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