Dean Koontz is at the peak of his powers with this major new novel ? a rich, multi-layered story that crisscrosses decades and generations as a gifted musician relates the "terrible and wonderful" events that began in his city in 1967, when he was ten. There are millions of stories in the city ? some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk's story is all of those things as he draws readers into his life as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis ? and who will change the course of Jonah's life forever.