In the first installment of the Darkness Rising trilogy, Maya Delaney learned she is a Skinwaker, an ancient supernatural being able to transform into a cougar. But she isn't the only one with special powers. In the thrilling sequel, Maya and her friends survive a forest fire, a kidnapping, a deadly helicoptor crash, and an exhaustive trek through the Vancouver wilderness. Two dangerous rivals are tracking Maya and her friends, hoping to use the teens' powers to their own questionable ends, and it is only by luck the they are able to make it back to Salmon Creek and their families. Rather than safety, the teens find an abandoned town. But this is not the biggest surprise that awaits them there.