By Stephen King
Innocence and wonder ignite with evil and terror...
First, a guy and a lady are topics of a top-secret govt scan designed to supply striking psychic powers.
Then, they're married and feature a toddler. A daughter.
Early at the daughter indicates symptoms of a wild and scary strength growing to be inside her. Desperately, her mom and dad try and educate her to maintain that strength in fee, to “act normal.”
Now the govt desires its brainchild back—for its personal insane ends.
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