It all starts when Lilah Kemp - librarian, spiritualist, schizophrenic - inadvertently lets Kurtz out of page 92 of Heart of Darkness and is unable to get him back. While Kurtz stalks the Toronto streets, Lilah frantically begins her search for a Marlow to help her deal with this literary villain. Meanwhile, the city is becoming increasingly chaotic and terrifying. The rich and powerful are engaged in a web of depravity, a new and horrifying disease called sturnusemia has swept the city, and severely traumatized children are turning up at the local psychiatric institutes. Kurtz seems to be at the center of it all. Lilah, witness to events tearing the very fabric of her society, seeks solace as always in the great works of literature, and prays for Marlow to find and capture Kurtz - the Headhunter - before it's too late.