A strange, global phenomenon is causing women to become cloaked in a cocoon-like gauze when asleep. If awakened and the wrapping disturbed, the women become ferociously violent.
While the inmates of a women’s prison in Dooling, West Virginia have succumbed to a virus, Evie is the exception, as she is able to sleep and wake. Word begins to spread, causing people to question whether she is an anomaly, or if she is possessed by something sinister.
The abandoned men become increasingly aggressive towards each other, as Lila Norcross, Dooling’s Sheriff, is fighting to stay awake.
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