Jesse Benatar is a young man at odds with the worlds on both sides of his skin. Haunted by images of violence, gifts from his father, he rides a fine line between deliverance and self-destruction. His family, ravaged by his father's PTSD and death in Afghanistan, relocates to his mother's hometown in Northern California. Once there, things quickly go strange for Jesse. The town, at a crossroads between the past and an uncertain future, is divided over a secretive Spanish colony inhabited by Los Soadores-The Dreamers. Jesse is pulled into the rift by his attraction to a young La Soadora. She begins to haunt his dreams, and when Jesse recognizes a parallel between the dreams and reality, the distinction between the two worlds blurs. As he falls deeper into the mystifying world of light and shadow, he unearths a family secret and learns that some creatures urban Gothic tales are real, only they're not like those of pop culture-they can be much worse.