The man at Charles Blakey’s door has a proposition almost too strange for words: he wants to spend the summer in Charles’ basement. Charles cannot even begin to guess why. The beautiful house has been in the Blakey family for generations, but Charles has just lost his job and is behind on his mortgage payments. The money would be welcome.
But Charles Blakey is black, and Anniston Bennet is white, and it is clear that the stranger wants more than a basement view. There is something deeper and darker about his request, and Charles does not need any more trouble—but financial necessity leaves him no choice.
Once Anniston is settled in his basement, Charles is cast into a role he never dreamed of. Anniston has some very peculiar requests for his landlord, and try as he might, Charles cannot avoid being lured into Anniston’s strange world. Charles’ summer with a man in his basement turns into an exploration of inconceivable worlds of power and manipulation—and unimagined realms of humanity.
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