Beth Chapman is abducted from a famous San Diego amusement park by a stranger, Sam Hudson, and taken to a secluded barn high in California's National Forrest. He throws Beth into a dark, windowless room where she meets his first victim, Audrey Sims. The girls take strength from each other and plan their escape from the psychotic rapist's lair. Naked, barefoot and lost in unfamiliar terrain, they wander in the forest, finally coming upon a stream that feeds into a large reservoir. Encouraged, they bathe their bruised and battered bodies in the icy water and after a short rest, continue their trek. The girls follow the trail down the hill and end up finding a large abandoned campsite near the lake. They discover a small stash of food and clothing, including shoes for their bleeding feet, but they're still alone. The eerie silence is disconcerting and unable to rest, they resume their hike, hoping to find people down by the lake. Instead of kids swimming and frolicking in the water, solitude awaits them, a silence so complete even the birds are mute and they realize they are more than just alone. Something is very wrong. Jim Sessions and Lenny Browning, the PI team hired by Beth's parents to find their daughter, are hot on the trail. Through good fortune they catch a break that leads them to Beth's whereabouts, only to arrive at the barn after she and Audrey escape. With the help of their talented Doberman dogs, they begin to track the girls. Tracking them all is a raging, out-of-control wildfire. Jam packed full of adventure, this book leaves you breathless.