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A stolen child.
An ancient evil.
A father's descent.
And the literary masterpiece that holds the key to his daughter's
Professor David Ullman is among the world's leading
authorities on demonic literature, with special expertise in
Milton's Paradise Lost. Not that David is a believer-he
sees what he teaches as a branch of the imagination and nothing
more. So when the mysterious Thin Woman arrives at his office and
invites him to travel to Venice and witness a "phenomenon," he
turns her down. She leaves plane tickets and an address on his
desk, advising David that her employer is not often disappointed.
That evening, David's wife announces she is leaving him. With his
life suddenly in shambles, he impulsively whisks his beloved
twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice after all. The girl
has recently been stricken by the same melancholy moods David knows
so well, and he hopes to cheer her up and distract them both from
the troubles at home.
But what happens in Venice will change everything.
First, in a tiny attic room at the address provided by the Thin
Woman, David sees a man restrained in a chair, muttering, clearly
insane . . . but could he truly be possessed? Then the man speaks
clearly, in the voice of David's dead father, repeating the last
words he ever spoke to his son. Words that have left scars-and a
When David rushes back to the hotel, he discovers Tess
perched on the roof's edge, high above the waters of the Grand
Canal. Before she falls, she manages to utter a final plea:
What follows is an unimaginable journey for David Ullman from
skeptic to true believer. In a terrifying quest guided by symbols
and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David must
track the demon that has captured his daughter and discover its
name. If he fails, he will lose Tess forever.