LINDY, almost eighteen, hears Voices from distressed animals that others don't. But she isn't crazy. She's a clairaudient.
After fleeing her mother and stepfather's abuse, she lives with her grandmother at the bottom of a mountain that belongs to the wealthy Warwicks. Scattered throughout the world, clan members drift in and out of the mountaintop mansion like wraiths. People say they’re different. Maybe even witches. Cross them and your children sicken, your garden withers, your dog dies.
Lindy avoids them until one night she responds to a Voice and rescues GARETH WARWICK from drowning. When she takes him to the mansion, his aunt plies her with tea that puts her to sleep. Then the aunt proposes a trade: Lindy will receive fame and fortune in return for loaning her soul to the Warwicks. They need her clairaudient ability to communicate with the mountain.
Lindy knows it’s wrong to give away her soul, but she wants desperately to be like other people, untainted by a sordid past. Maybe if she’s successful, someone like Gareth can love her.
In a weird, erotic dream, Gareth takes her into the heart of the mountain where the bargain is sealed. But she’s dreaming. And it’s only a loan. She’s not really giving away her soul.
WARNING: Some sexual content