In the small Texas community of Junction, a boy named Barry Tanner steals an irreplaceable piece of sports memorabilia: a baseball from the 1975 World Series between Boston and Cincinnati. His friend Luke Casteel—unaware of the ball's value—tosses it into a drainage pipe, only to chase after the baseball when he learns its worth. But Luke never re-emerges from the drainage pipe. The strange tragedies affecting the town don't end there: two hunters targeting javelina find the tables turned when the wild pigs atypically turn violent and claim one of their lives. The evil stalking Junction may be linked to a voodoo campaign of terror in Reserve, La., which is plagued by the same devastating drought as Junction. Fulton's prose often scintillates ("The drought entered quietly, wreaking havoc with the spindly fingers of a miser, its magnitude measured in negatives like lack, want and deficiency"), but the gore is often needlessly explicit and the characters underdeveloped.