By Dean Koontz
Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. this is why 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP)—a light-sensitivity so serious that he can't depart his apartment in sunlight, can't input a normally-lit room, can't sit down at a working laptop or computer. Chris's average point is the evening, and his mom and dad, either lecturers, selected to dwell in Moonlight Bay simply because in a small city Chris could make the nightscape his own—roaming freely in the course of the city on his motorbike, browsing within the moonlight, exploring whereas most folks sleep.
But Chris's great mom, a scientist, was once killed in a automobile twist of fate 2 years in the past, and because the ebook opens his father, Steven Snow, is loss of life of melanoma; Chris's safe lifestyles is ready to alter endlessly. We meet Chris as he's conscientiously getting ready himself to head out within the late-afternoon sunlight to go to the medical institution. In his final moments of lifestyles his father tells Chris he's "sorry" and that Chris should still "fear nothing"—cryptic phrases that Chris can't fairly relate to.
Steven Snow's physique is got rid of to the sanatorium basement for shipping to the funeral home/crematorium, and while Chris is going downstairs for a last second of farewell, he witnesses a daunting and clandestine come upon: the funeral director and one other guy Chris doesn't realize are substituting the physique of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow's body–which is being taken to not the crematorium yet to a couple mystery destination.
For Chris, this scene is the 1st intimation of a conspiracy that he'll come to gain envelopes lots of his townspeople. His mom and dad knew of it and desired to shield Chris from it. His ally has had tricks of whatever unsuitable as a result of scary nocturnal viewers that experience come to his beachhouse. And the 1st individual to aim to provide an explanation for to Chris what's going on—and warn him in regards to the unique risk he himself is in—will be hideously murdered.
In the 24 hours this e-book encompasses, Christopher Snow will discover that, sheltered notwithstanding he's been, he has the soul of a fighter and an adventurer. by way of the top of the e-book he'll have killed a guy, can have came upon the position his personal mom performed within the beginning of the conspiracy, could have come to acknowledge the extreme guardians that, unknown to him, have watched over him for years. he'll discover that a few humans hate him, others revere him, and neither his personal lifestyles nor these of somebody he is familiar with will ever be an analogous.