It was passed down from generation to generation. The legend of the Dark 'Un, the strange beast that roamed Pale Dove Mountain.
The dark monster that no one had ever seen -- at least not and lived to tell about it -- except, so it was said, old Fletcher Brice who lived at the foot of the mountain. No one really believed in The Dark 'Un. It was just a story to make a child's flesh crawl.
Until Old Man Brice died. Now, the people of Tucker's Mill, Tennessee, would be forced to believe.