Just as he's celebrating his last day on the job, FBI agent E L Pender receives a letter from Dorie Bell.
Dorie is afraid. Last year she attended a convention for Persons with Specific Phobia Disorder.
Since then, a couple of the delegates have died in suspicious circumstances.
Carl Polander had acrophobia. Fear of heights. So what would he be doing on the 12th floor of the building the police say he jumped from?
Mara Agajanian had haemophobia. Fear of blood. So how could she have cut her own wrists in the bathtub?
Dorie, who suffers from an irrational fear of masks, wants Pender to look into these cases.
She suspects there may be a twisted serial killer on the loose.
Someone, who quite literally, enjoys scaring his victims to death.
Dorie's right. But she has no idea just how close to her the killer is...