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A hospital patient is spooked senseless by the fire in one of Tony Blake's charity magic acts. Blake's investigation into the young man's past leads him to a small town riddled with quirky residents.
While Tony performs his act at Kenbrook Institute, a private hospital in North Carolina, Ian Keefer, a young male patient, is traumatized by Tony's assistant seemingly caught in some flames. Tony learns from Ian's doctor, Dr. Sebring, that Ian has only been in the hospital a few weeks during which time he has been basically silent, unable to communicate coherently. All Dr. Sebring knows is that Ian was headed up to Elm Ridge, the local mountainous rural back country area, trying to locate a Mrs. Gilpin, a collector of local mountain music, but got lost and was missing for three days before he was found in his traumatized state. Upon his arrival in Elm Ridge, Tony quickly learns that it is a closed community with many secrets only known by locals, who will lie, and some kill, to keep those secrets hidden. Those people include the local sheriff, Platt. The only person who seemingly bucks that trend is Sheriff Platt's daughter, Maggie Platt, who detests the back woods way of life and tries to help Tony in any way she can to find out what fire-related incident traumatized Ian, with a possible risk to her own life.
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