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Eden Schmidt is on a boat heading to Cantica, the most fearsome Demon prison in all of the land. She is attached with her friend, Adanna, and the Demon soldier, Aaron, two of the five souls that she has to find in order to save Zemiothstai, the world of purgatory, from the clutches of Satan. Until she brings all five souls together, she cannot hope to unlock the gates of heaven.
As she travels on a boat that brings her to Cantica, she believes that things cannot be much worse. Aaron has already informed her that the evil soul, Donovan, that is Satan's right-hand man has seen to it that one of his most powerful generals, General Yuri, will guard her personally. She has also heard that the Demon prison is so tight that nobody will be able to escape. But she has to. She has made a promise to Adanna's sister, Thema, that they would meet again.
Her mother, an ex-model, will do anything for love—and all the neighbors know it. Her fa-ther, a rich business executive, is cold and aloof. Now the Schmidt family has moved to Cal-ifornia, and eighteen-year-old Eden must face a tough new school and a creepy, old house that certainly feels haunted.
When her mother is killed in a freak auto accident, Eden finds a wooden cross among her mother's possessions. Triggering what will become a final confrontation with her father, Eden accidentally falls down the stairs and breaks her neck.
"She could still remember looking deep into the eyes of her petrified father as she plum-meted towards the ground. His mouth was open in a horrified "O," while his face flashed so many colors that he was like a giant revolving jeopardy wheel. It was at that moment that she truly felt the fear course through her, for the truth finally hit her: she was going to die."
Though die she does, Eden also awakens to a new reality to learn that she has entered into purgatory—a place called Zemiothstai, where angels, beasts, and demons battle, and hu-mans are tested as to their worthiness to enter heaven. Eden is told that she must be a light in a world of darkness, that she must find a way to reopen the gates of heaven, that it is all up to her to save the thousands of souls who may be forever trapped in hell if she cannot accomplish her mission. And she thought high school was hard.