Jake's group is forced to flee from Earth, running from enemies and the law. Amid a twisted tangle of deception, Jake, his friends, and some new allies each fear they are being manipulated as their only hope lies in finding the dangerous and unstable Gnarls. With Jake devastated over the loss of his friend, his decision-making becomes questionable and his group is constantly thrown into danger.
Another one of his friends is taken by otherworldly creatures, leaving Jake with no hope... until contact is made.
But now Shadow Creek is saturated with enemies, each trying to find out Jake's closely-guarded secret. With only a shred of hope, Jake relies on his new friends to help him on an insane quest to elude his enemies and use the portals to track down the Abducted through dangerous worlds.
Jake, a timid 15-year-old, is forced by his abusive stepfather to move to Shadow Creek and into a small house that terrifies the locals and has been dubbed by them as The Haunted Cottage. The mysterious cottage, Jake finds, was once owned by his biological father, and he soon acquires clues that lead him to discover the secret of the cottage and to The Doors of the Ancients.