I read this book a long time ago, years before the movie ever came out. Having read the book is what made me want to see the movie. The movie was based on the book and not nearly as well. This book follows and anthropologist, Pommier,who comes to Los Angeles to teach. He is accompanied by his wife Niki, who has followed him around the world and is looking forward to settling down in one place. What he finds is that his work among the various tribes of the world has led him to another that has never been noticed or acknowledged, in the middle of a modern city. The book is haunting in how it portrays evil and what we will do to seek it out, even when we are threatened with the loss of everything. Enjoy this book, no blood or gore, but a real story.