The Wanting Author:Campbell Black Something is very wrong in the state of California. Carnarvon is a seemingly peaceful little town, a renowned tourist attraction outside of San Franciso, known for the beauty of it's serene forests. But a dark secret haunts the inhabitants: Every few years a healthy child takes ill with a strange, horrifying disease for which modern medicine can... more » find no cure. Every few years..
Louise and Max Untermeyer are ready for a sabbatical in the country - Louise, successful children's illustrator; Max a doctor with more than a few secrets - so they pack their bags and leave San Fran behind for Carnarvon. Their young son, Dennis, they are sure, will enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Soon after they arrive at their rustic country house, the troubles begin. Why is their son starting to drift away from them? Is it because of his growing friendship with Frog, an amiable hippie living in a nearby trailer? Or is it his involvement with the Summers, a gracious elderly couple who have tanken a fancy to him? Or is there some deeper secret hidden in the majestic pines? As their child becomes more and more of a stranger, as the rural peace is invaded, Louise must fight to keep her own sanity -- and to save her son's life.« less