Jane Silverlake is a lonely young woman with a strange gift: she can hear the souls of inanimate objects. The frightening sounds from her father's crumbling estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath plague her, but she finds solace in the silence of the natural world and is happiest when exploring the heath with her friends Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by jealousy and by Nathan's interest in a cult led by a charismatic mystic. When Nathan disappears, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent and use it to find Nathan before it's too late. Adam McOmber teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and is the associate editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika. Stories from his collection This New and Poisonous Air have been shortlisted for Best American Fantasy and nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in 2012.