It’s been decades since the events in Maplecroft. Lizzie Borden lives a quiet, reclusive life alone in her mansion. But she keeps up with events in the outside world through magazines, journals, and newspapers that arrive via the US Postal Service.
So when she starts reading reports of a serial axe murderer terrorizing Birmingham, Alabama, it gets her attention. (Turns out he’s one of the good guys. Really.) Especially when she starts to see other references to Birmingham, references about a dark cult that meets in an old church out in the woods at a place called Chapelwood.
Then she gets a telephone call from her old friend, Inspector Simon Wolf. He’s in Birmingham investigating the death of a friend, a priest who was gunned down on the steps of his church in broad daylight. Before he died, the priest had written Wolf, asking for his assistance.
Wolf thinks all of the events in Birmingham are related. And he wants Lizzie’s help. It looks like Lizzie is going to get to swing her axe one more time.