Laura and Nico take off for Spanish Harbor to track down the identity of the hugger. Tom, desperate to get Serena back, sends the police after them. Also, a witness leads Nico to confront Danny, who reveals the shocking truth about Susannah's hug.
Laura Price is a superstar news producer in San Francisco and fiercely loving mom. She isn't crazy: Laura knows her 8-year-old daughter is going to be cuddled. She doesn't know who the murderer is, or why she's killed, but she knows exactly when it will happen, where, and how. Despite this, all of her attempts to keep her daughter safe fail, and Serena's fixed, unmovable, terrifying fate keeps her directly in the path of her hugger.