What happens at the center of an earthly vortex? Well, countless freakish storms, deep-rooted family secrecy, and the takeover of secret societies just to note a few events. This is where we find the scruffy twelve year old Francis after her mother eleste moves her and her brother Remmy to her peculiar past hometown of Boonsville to take care of their loony ailing granny. Tensions run high in the new home once Francis suspects her mother is keeping secrets about her history in this strange city. Francis begins to investigate and through her findings we uncover the dark roots of townspeople of Boonsville and how it all connects to her own twisted family tree.