James Furlong os the lates in a long line of Furlongs, each blessed or cursed with a supernatural power. As a boy growing up in rural Ireland, he longs to discover his own extraordinary, hidden ability. But his experiments merely lead to the death of his family andeveryone around him. When a deadly disease sweeps through the reaformatory to which he's been sent at the age of ten, James flees in horror at himself to live in isolation in the forest.
Years pass and James, now a young man, is discovered by Mae, a young woman dying of cancer. A unique and passionate romance will flower between the boy whose only talent is to cause death and the girl who is effectively dead already.