A predator exists, one of flesh and bone, an inquisitive nature within the human mind to delve into lives of others. The Diary preys on ones need to satisfy a curiosity, enticing those to open its cover and face their innermost fears within a 12-month term in order to survive, pages self-induced, giving written notice that a life far more interesting counteracts their own inside a subconscious state of mind.
Children serve its needs, but one child escaped its clutches, needing to be reclaimed, giving an opportunity for Elfie Odges to right a wrong. A past victim strikes up a deal, enabling him to go home to a loving wife and son but at a price. Meddling with the future, present, and past, Elfie must interact with Daniel Russell, aided by his best friend, Peter Sykes, in order to bring the girl a future relation back to her rightful home, taking her place amongst her true family, the children of the furnace. The Cauldron awaits, a former penal colony, with spirits of the past led by Jimmy Tidal sniffing out a future world to conquer, a man who needs to be stopped.