Fourteen-year-old Dylan Reynolds is anything but happy when his parents decide to move the family to Traverse City, Michigan. Suddenly friendless and angry, Dylan decides to run away from home, and has a chance encounter with a traveling hypnotist.
The hypnotist, a pompous man who calls himself Dr. Dark, is more than willing to show Dylan forgotten details about his past. But Dylan’s world is turned upside down when he recalls a memory of himself when he was a baby, seated next to another toddler who looks exactly like him.
Confronting his parents, Dylan learns that he was born an identical twin, and that his brother, Derek, drowned when they were little. Dylan is shocked by the news, but is even more shocked when Derek’s ghost suddenly begins to appear in his bedroom each night, eager to bond with the brother that had long forgotten him.
However, Derek isn’t the friendly ghost Dylan assumes him to be. As Dylan learns more about his dead twin, he quickly realizes he’s missing a crucial link in his brother’s story - a link darker than anyone can imagine.
It’s been four years since Dylan first encountered Derek, a demonic spirit, while under hypnosis. Now 18, Dylan is beginning to feel like he can lead a normal life again. His heart is set on college and a charming classmate at school. But his plans come to a screeching halt when Derek makes a sudden reappearance, looking more sinister than ever.
Father O’Brien has since passed away, leaving Dylan feeling scared and alone. Desperate for help, he turns to Evelyn Nardini, a skilled tarot reader and paranormal expert. After reading Dylan’s cards, Evelyn becomes convinced that the elusive hypnotist Dr. Dark holds the key as to why Derek has been able to reappear in Dylan’s life.
As Dylan begins the search, Evelyn tries to come to terms with Derek’s motivations as well as where the demon lives when he isn’t tormenting Dylan. She begins to suspect that Derek is utilizing some kind of gateway from Hell - one that must be destroyed at any cost.
Things come to a twisted turn when Dylan finds Dr. Dark and realizes that the hypnotist is far more involved than he thought, and that without his help, Dylan has no chance of surviving the evil lurking in the shadows.
Thirty-two-year-old Dylan Reynolds has devoted himself completely to his family. He’s tried to put his past behind him, climbing the corporate ladder at a prominent Chicago newspaper. But when his daughter, Hunter, begins speaking of a new and mysterious friend, Dylan can’t help but fear that his past has come back to haunt him.
Dylan watches in horror as Hunter’s new imaginary friend appears more and more frequently in their everyday lives. His wife is convinced that it’s just the active imagination of a seven-year-old. But Dylan knows better. The erratic behavior, the hushed discussions, the chill he gets whenever Hunter speaks of her friend. The signs are all too familiar for him to ignore.
Determined to settle the score, Dylan turns to tarot reader and trusted friend, Evelyn Nardini. But neither of them is prepared for how deadly the game has truly become.
All Dylan knows is that he must do everything he can to save his family. Or face an end at the hands of an evil far darker than he could have ever thought possible.