The year is 1910 and San Francisco has risen from the ashes of the great earthquake and fire. Marta's life has risen as well. Her nemesis, the hypnotist, is gone, and she has married Byron Wagner, one of the wealthiest and most respected men in the city. All is serene until she makes a speech at a suffrage rally and glimpses a pair of haunting eyes in the audience. When she blinks and looks again, they are gone, but she knows with terrifying certainty that they were the eyes of the hypnotist. He still lives, and he will come for her again, this time in the guise of a serial killer who leaves paper images of Hailey's Comet beside his victims. Due to his finely crafted origami, he becomes known as The Origamist. Marta concludes that The Hypnotist and The Origamist are one and the same, and she realizes there is no place for her to hide. She must enter his lair and face those horrifying eyes once more. Only this time, there will be no earthquake to save her.