In Gateways, Jack learns his father is in a coma after
a car accident in Florida. They’ve been on the outs, but this is his dad, so he
heads south. In the hospital he meets Anya, one of his father’s neighbors. She’s
a weird old duck who seems to know an awful lot about his father, and even a
lot about Jack.
Jack’s arrival does not go unnoticed. A young woman named
Semelee, who has strange talents and lives in an isolated area of the
Everglades with a group of misshapen men, feels his presence. She senses he’s “special,”
Anya takes Jack back to Dad’s senior community, Gateways
South, which borders on the Everglades. Florida is going through an unusual
drought. There’s a ban on watering; everything is brown and wilting, but Anya’s
lawn is a deep green.
Who is Anya? Who is Semelee, and what is her connection to
the recent strange deaths of Gateways residents who have been killed by birds,
spiders, and snakes during the past year? And what are the “lights” Jack keeps
hearing about? Lights that emanate twice a year from a sinkhole deep in the
Everglades, lights from another place, another reality.
If he is to protect his father from becoming the next
fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack must answer, secrets he must
uncover. Secrets, Jack has plenty of his own, and along the way he learns even
his father has secrets.
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