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Matt is being punished for a crime he saw, but didn't commit. Instead of being locked up, he is being sent to the middle of nowhere to live with a new foster mom, as part of a government scheme called The Leaf Project. But Matt's new home provides anything but peace and quiet. His new guardian is involved in very sinister things ... and the whole town seems to be on her side. Everybody who tries to help Matt winds up disappearing ... or dead. The truth is much bigger than Matt or the town — but Matt is the only person who can stop the ultimate evil from being unleashed.

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Matt Freeman knew he was making a mistake.
He was sitting on a low wall outside Ipswich Station, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, shapeless faded jeans, and sneakers with frayed laces.  It was six o’clock in the evening and the London train had just pulled in.  Behind him, commuters were fighting their way out of the station.  The concourse was a tangle of cars, taxis, and pedestrians, all of them trying to find their way home.  A traffic light blinked from red to green, but nothing moved.  Somebody leaned on their horn and the noise blared out, cutting through the damp evening air.  Matt heard it and looked up briefly.  But the crowd meant nothing to him.  He wasn’t part of it.  He never had been – and he sometimes thought he never would be.

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