The intertwining of characters and themes from the fictional town of Castlerock. As a child, Henry was involved in an accident that left his father dead and him the sole suspect, had no memory of the accident, and eventually fled when townspeople turned against him. Now a death-row attorney with few connections, Henry only returns home because a mysterious inmate at Shawshank Penitentiary, who was discovered in a cage deep beneath the facility, has asked for him – and only him. However, Henry has never heard of the inmate – nicknamed 'The Kid' – who has been in solitary confinement so long that he may now be insane.
In 1994, a sequence of events begins that changes the life of a girl named Annie forever.
Henry Deaver, a death-row attorney, confronts his dark past when an anonymous call lures him back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Maine.
Henry prepares for his day in court; a coffin arrives in Castle Rock.
A stranger comes to town; Castle Rock honors Sheriff Pangborn.
Henry’s son visits from Boston; a funeral stirs up unsettling memories.
Newcomers set up shop in Castle Rock, Henry follows a clue.