Insomnia Ralph Roberts is an old man who lives in Derry, Maine (USA). He has a problem : he can’t sleep. Every morning he keeps waking up earlier; 3:15..3:02..2:45, and he can’t go back to sleep once he wakes up. Then he starts to have hallucina- tions, he can see auras. Since his wife died this problem started.
Then he sees that his neighbour, and good friend, Ed Deepneau, has gone mental and that he beats the hell out of his wife Helen. Ed keeps telling Ralph that the Krimson King will destroy the baby-killers and that Ralph shouldn’t get involved. One night Ralph was sitting in the dark, and suddenly he saw 2 bald doctors with scissors coming up to a neighbours’house and they have a golden aura. He saw the two men going inside and called the police. When the police arrived, it seemed his neighbour had a hart attack.
Later he will understand that awesome and terrifying forces are at work. He meets the doctors together with Lois (the only other person besides him and Ed that can see the aura’s and lift to a higher level of existence) and they become friends. The Doctors are simply the bringers of Death and that is why they carry scissors, to cut the aura’s and so take life. they tell Ralph and Lois that the Universe has several levels with Short-Times (humans), Long-Times (higher beings) and beings that live forever. In the taking of human lives, everone has a destiny, Random Purpose or Higher Purpose.
Ralph and Lois are Higher Purpose because they have a mission : to stop Ed and Atrophos (another Doctor who takes life from the Random by first taking an object from that person and then cutting their aura)and the Krimson King from killing a boy. The boy is the son of Susan Day. She is a Pro-abortion activist who is going to speak at a meeting in the Derry hospital. In the future her boy is going to rescue a very important person. First, they went to Atrophos and followed his aura footsteps descending into the ground, underground compound. He was not at home.
They discovered a huge storage compound where all the items from their victims were stored. But Atrophos returned home and when they attacked him he did not tell them anything. Lateron they found out that Ed was going to make a kamikaze run with a plane on the hospital where the meeting of Susan is taking place. Ralph slid over to a higher level (he is invisible then, times go faster then too, and he can fly). While he is flying up to the plane, the Krimson King appears in many forms but eventually Ralph saves the boy.