It was long ago, but not so far away. In fact, it happened in the very building where young Cole Sear goes to school. Hundreds of years ago, it housed a courtroom, a prison, and a gallows. Occasionally, innocent victims were hangedsome haunt the school still, seeking out the person who may be able to clear their names. But unraveling history¹s darkest mystery may lead Cole into the kind of danger no one can protect him from.