Spencer Mallon was a college campus guru in the 1960s who attracted the undying devotion of his young accolytes. One fateful evening, he invited his most fervent teenage followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow. All does not go as planned, and at the end of the evening what remains is a gruesomely dismembered body. Years later, the horror of that cataclysmic event still grips the friends. Donald "Dilly" Olson is now a down-and-out ex-con; Jason "Boats" Boatman, long graduated into a life of serious crime, flinches from thoughts of what he calls "the dark matter; " Hootie Bly has become a mental patient; and the gorgeous Lee Truax, referred to as the Eel still harbors an unthinkable secret. But when a chance encounter stirs up long unsettled questions about the past, it is Lee Harwell, the Eel's high school boyfriend and now husband, who attempts to work out what happened to his wife and friends all those years ago. As the old friends try to come to grips with the past, they find themselves face to face with harrowing questions about the very nature of evil.