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Maggie Turner is a daughter of a bone-shaker, and thus her family knows a nomadic existence. The settlement of Dry Acre shuns the ugly, albino Maggie and her brothers for the dark arts those in town whisper their father practices. Rancher Randolph Harlington murders four of seven Turner brothers, and Maggie can only curse as Dry Acre does nothing to protect her surviving family. So Maggie turns to the only power that might protect her brothers, tracing strange geometries in the dust that pulsate with a wicked magic when her only friends ask for her help. Maggie summons the swarm, and the arriving blight forces her father to unleash the most terrible of his powers that set Maggie upon a bone-shaker's path. The dead Turner brothers will have their revenge, and even the deadliest of gunslingers tremble as darkness chokes Dry Acre.