Imagine you are granted three wishes, and your second wish is captured by a television news crew and broadcast across the globe. Now the whole world knows that you can wish for absolutely anything, and it will come true. Now imagine you’re not quite fifteen years old.
Shortly after his father dies, Nick Castle discovers what seems to be a draft of the novel his father had always hoped to write. But a clue at the end causes Nick to fear this story of a serious federal crime and escape from the U.S. may be an account of his father's early life. When Nick sets out to find the truth about his father's past, he learns more than he ever expected--about his father and about himself.
Recently retired English professor Mac Faulk returns to Headley University to teach one more creative writing class. Among the student stories, he comes across an anonymous dark tale describing a heinous crime. He thinks little of it—until the story’s details begin to come true. When the unknown author of the story submits two additional, even more disturbing stories, Mac is caught up in a web of intrigue and mystery that makes him the chief suspect in the eyes of the local police. The only way for Mac to prove his innocence—and to try to save the life of the next victim—is to find and stop the perpetrator. But the odds are stacked against him ... and he’s running out of time.