Martin Schaffer is the most talented actor in his senior drama class, but assuming the personality of the psychopath in his monologue leads him to believe that he, like the character he portrays, is capable of murder. During a drama competition in Vancouver, he becomes over-powered by his delusion and collapses backstage. Julie Northam, a classmate, is drawn to console him and a friendship develops. Seeking a place to sort out his thoughts, Martin camps in a haunted canyon to try panning for gold. Later, Julie joins him and much to her distress, they see strange lights, and a ghost. Mysterious messages warn them to leave the canyon, but upon the advice of Martin’s psychic aunt, they return anyway. Both Julie and Martin face deadly situations in the canyon, and Martin must finally decide whether he can actually kill a man. This gripping story leads the reader through many philosophical turning points—right to the surprising conclusion.