For any little boy or girl who hears the Train Man speak,
Who feels his rancid breath caress their pretty cheek,
Must close their eyes, pretend to sleep, and very softly pray,
Or else the evil Train Man may carry them away
Finally free from her haunting upbringing, Alex Donavan is able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. Not long after joining the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, authorities in Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains, all killed in the same way.
Alex never thought she'd have to confront her past in her new job, but she quickly recognizes the graffiti messages the killer is leaving on the train cars. When the BAU sends her to gather information about the messages from her aunt in Wichita, Kansas, Alex is troubled by the struggles she thought she'd left behind forever.
In a race against time to solve the case and recover a deadly virus sample the killer intends to spread, Alex must face how far she'll go, and what she's willing to risk, to put an end to the Train Man.