JEAN MILLER is a thirty-year-old Wiccan who moves to rural North Carolina to start a new life—thanks to an ATM that started spitting out cash. Believing she caused this with a magic spell, Jean is determined to use the money selflessly: by transforming a local inn into a women’s shelter. Through loving deeds and nature worship, she hopes to inspire the community.
For a few weeks, she crashes with MILES, a former hookup. Strange events start taking place at the apartment complex. Rooms are tidied while no one’s home. Children’s singing echoes from the woods. Dark figures watch her as she sleeps. When a local boy wanders up a nearby mountain and dies of exposure, Jean recalls the legends of the Fair Folk: nature spirits that steal children’s souls.
Two weeks into her stay, Jean is visited by a warlock who calls himself THE LANDLORD. He tempts her with visions of a greener world—the eco-conscious future she’s always longed for. In order for it to become a reality, a massive tragedy must occur. She’s left with the image of thousands of people dying on a burning mountain.
Enticed by the Landlord’s vision of a better future, yet shaken by the cost, Jean delves deeper into the complex’s mysteries. With the help of Miles and FUZZY, a local PI, Jean learns that several suspicious deaths have taken place at the complex and on a nearby mountain. For some reason, the Landlord’s company recently bought property in places rumored to be “portals of the Fair Folk,” including the apartment complex.
Jean is shocked to discover that Miles works for the Landlord. For years, the Landlord has been gathering a coven of the magically-gifted. The Fair Folk—stewards of nature infuriated by man’s neglect—plan to cull humanity. With their guidance, the planet will thrive again. The Landlord acts as the Fair Folks’ executioner, consuming souls and gaining personal power.
After falling down a well hidden within the walls, Jean and Fuzzy find themselves in the Otherworld. They confront Miles, who is revealed to be a changeling. The Landlord introduces himself as an elderly, hippie warlock still longing for revolution. He plans to host a music festival on the mountain, where he’ll slay thousands of attendees in a fire. This sacrifice—along with his coven’s magical efforts—will “open up the mountain,” letting the Fair Folk enter our world freely.
Though skeptical, Jean believes humanity can still change things on its own—if it rejects modern distractions and gets back to loving nature. She refuses to help. Enraged, the Landlord unveils his true form: the walking serpent evicted from Eden.
He attacks, but Jean shields herself in a magic circle. The Landlord escapes. Though she can stay forever in the heavenly Otherworld, she returns to the real world to stop him. However, time passes differently in the Otherworld, and Jean returns three-hundred years in the future. The Fair Folks’ culling of humanity has worked. An awaiting family of fairy/human hybrids shoots her. Crawling and dying, Jean remains defiant. She welcomes the next world, whatever it might entail.