Clarissa, Linda and Ellen, along with the ghosts, gain several important living allies. With media attention breaking through the centuries of secrecy about the town, major law enforcement has moved in. Corrupt local authorities are deadlocked with State and Federal intervention. With so much law in town, the difficulty level for the girls rises beyond their ability to continue Clarissa's plan. Vengeful death isn't exactly a legal method of judgment. They need help.
It's the methods they use that give them a bit of hope, sowing confusion among the families and law enforcement. Yet, as they continue the fight, struggling against the odds, they find their greatest strength within. The living and the spirits work together.
The darkness hasn't obscured all, though. Despite everything that's happening around her, Meredith continues her plans and they still include Linda. Meredith's adjustments are soon happening too quickly and randomly for her to control everything. Her slaves are not the most helpful of people. Meredith needs to leave town, she's taking her prize victim, Linda, with her.
Things go from bad to worse every direction the girls turn. Even with the ghosts' help they can't stay ahead of things.
Yet this is a fight the girls must win. For as long as she's able, Linda keeps them ahead of the dark forces at work all around. Linda only has two... or four... minor obstacles to overcome, death might well be one of them.
By the end… everyone is changed.