Felicitas’ life is thrown into chaos when she begins to have dreams of Raine Zadock. Not only has she never met him, but the intimate night in her dreams shows a positive result on her pregnancy test. She doesn’t dare tell her controlling father, Melvin Rebold, the town’s most prominent Baptist minister or her passive mother Sharon. The only person she can confide in is her grandmother, Rosie. However, her father forbids it, claiming Rosie is insane and speaks with the dead.
But, before Felicitas can confess her secret, she mysteriously vanishes. During the search to find her, news of her pregnancy surfaces along with a cryptic Nocturnal Journal that cast an accusing finger on a secretive stranger.
A week later, she is found, but with no memory of where she has been. Now she is left to face the suspicion of the police and the scrutiny of her small town, not to mention the wrath of her parents and boyfriend, none of which believe her story of becoming pregnant in a dream.
After her father threatens to send her off to County Mental Health, Felicitas runs away to her grandmother’s, all the while haunted by her father’s continual warnings about the woman. True to her father’s description, Rosie seems a bit eccentric and shares wild mystical tales of dreams and other dimensions. Together Felicitas and her grandmother trace their roots back ten generations and make a disturbing discovery that someone very close to her is not who they seem.