Summary

Remember Danny Torrance, the child protagonist of The Shining? Now hes middle-aged Dan Torrance, settled in a quiet New Hampshire town and working at a nursing home where his remaining "shining" power helps comfort the dying. Hes also befriended a 12-year-old named Abra Stone with the shiniest "shining" imaginable and must protect her from The True Knot, quasi-immortals who look like old fuddy-duddies in polyester but in fact live off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are tortured to death. The 1.5 million-copy first printing says it all.


Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever,The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist ofThe Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers ofThe Shiningand wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.