Jack Sawyer was twelve years old and tall for his age... His mother was moving him through the world, twitching him from place to place; but what moved his mother? His mother was running, running. When Jack Sawyer meets a man called Speedy Parker, it is the beginning of a terrifying trip across America. For Jack must find the Talisman, the only thing that can save his dying mother. His quest takes him into the menacing Territories, a parallel world where violence, surprise and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape. This is a journey into the dark heart of horror.