Jan is a preacher's daughter recently graduated from a religious college with a teaching degree. She divorced her husband as he was beating her up and demanding sex.
The church they attended starts a campaign to make her return to her husband by picketing the house where she's living.
She starts seeing a face in two trees outside her window. The face of a demon feasting on her pain and despair. She names it Mal. Soon she doesn't have to look out the window as she sees Mal in her dreams.
This book is about spousal abuse, church abuse, overcoming the abuse and starting her life over as a teacher and seeing her students as her mission field to keep them out of the jaws of Mal.