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"I want to tell you something now. I need you to listen closely and don't forget. I'm not sure how much time I have." He stopped again and shook his head at the sky. He then pointed out a vivid star high above them in the moonless sky. "There are magical places that exit in this world, Jess, places that the master architect created to balance good and evil. The time will come when you will leave this house and enter into another life that awaits you, a life you deserve and one with greater purpose. You don't know how special you really are." Jessica's sole priority for the past thirteen years has been to keep her father alive in the hope he will wake up from his coma and save her. Threatening to cut of his life support at any sign of independence, her mother has controlled her life, even to the point of an arranged engagement to Seth, whom Jessica fears even more than her mother. When Jessica accepts this most outrageous demand yet and then discovers her father has "passed away" anyway, she knows she has to escape. She runs until she is lost and bewildered in a Georgia swamp, where she discovers the existence of the wonderful place her father hinted at to her when she was only a child. In this magical, unreal world, jas as she beings to discover the truth about her twisted family roots, three young men set their eyes on Jessica. One will win her heart, one will try to steal it and one will try to kill her.