This is the first book by Michael Koryta I have read. The story is well written and draws you into the time and place. The story builds suspense and tension that leads you through to the end. I will definitely be reading more by Michael Koryta.Arlen Wagner has seen it in men before - a trace of smoke in their eyes that promises imminent death. He is never wrong.When Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only nineteen year old Paul Brickhill believes him and the two abandon the train hoping to escape the doom. They are soon stranded at the Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boardinghouse ran by Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of a hurricane. The storm isn't the only danger, a much deadlier force controls the county and everyone living in it. Arlen wants to leave but Paul refuses to abandon Rebecca to face the threats alone, even if Arlen's eerie gift warns that if they stay to long they may never leave.