Dr. Richard Atwater is starting a new life, hoping to leave the shadow of tragedy behind him. But the quaint little town he’s moved to has a dark shadow hanging over it, and that shadow extends from the old sanitarium where he’s going to be working.
The Hayward Sanitarium is a historic – and very unique – place. All the patients have a connection to the supernatural and paranormal. Some are victims, but more are convinced the daemons they’re afflicted with are not just figurative, but quite real. Some have incredibly violent pasts, some are actually killers.
The small staff of doctors, nurses and orderlies explore their delusions as part of the Hayward Foundation’s global mission to document, study and understand society’s relationship with the supernatural… searching for proof that it actually exists.
Dr. Atwater meets his first patient, who turns out to be a former field researcher working on a Hayward Foundation project. His last assignment went wrong… horribly wrong.