The sudden worldwide culling of the Dream Walkers first began in China.
On the 18th of May, 1993, a Chinese artist well-known for his mastery of calligraphy was declared brain dead within his suite in the Gao Hotel located in Shanghai. Chen Wei Jun had traveled to Shanghai for an art exhibition where he was to display his works, and had apparently been sleeping when all brain activity had suddenly ended. He was declared brain dead after medics arrived on the scene. Days later, a Chinese politician is found murdered by his most trusted bodyguard, who could not believe what he had done.
In the year 1997, on the 6th of November, Doctor Pritam, a much-adored Indian doctor whose practice caters to the people of Mumbai tirelessly and offers good treatment for low fees, is found sitting listlessly in his chair within his office. Fellow doctors and nurses at the practice, upon rushing to Doctor Pritam's aid, found he had been stricken with the same condition as Chen Wei Jun - he was brain dead. A week later, an Indian business magnate was stabbed to death by a valet at a hotel where he was staying. The valet appeared to be completely unaware of what he had done.
The next incident happened in the United Kingdom. John Black, a Scottish architect under the employ of a prominent company, had never failed to turn up for work on time prior to the 21st of February, year 2000. The company found this sudden absence with no explanation downright mystifying, but the man was a good and punctual worker, so they decided that he would probably report to them a day later with an apology. When John fails to show up for a week, the worried company reports the incident to the police. When the police show up at John's door and call for him for over an hour and elicit no response, they break into the house. Nothing seems to be out of place. When they reach John's bedroom and open the door, they find the man lying there, still alive, though weak after not having been given sustenance for a week. They immediately call for an ambulance. A day later, the hospital declares John Black is brain dead. Two days after John Black's death, a UK army general was violently shot to death by his own men, who snapped out of a trance moments later and were shocked at what they had done.
On the 14th of February, year 2005, Valentine's Day, Spanish pop sensation Bella Rodriguez had been celebrating the holiday with her actor boyfriend in his lavish house. Her boyfriend had stepped out for a moment to get some wine to suit the mood, and returned to find she had dozed off while lying on a divan. He had smiled, put the wine down, and walked up to her slowly so as not to startle her. Placing one hand on her cheek, he was surprised when she suddenly slumped down and would not be woken no matter how hard he shook her. He called the police, who in turn called an ambulance, and the medics declared she was brain dead after an hour of unceasing medical care. Her boyfriend was later pushed off a building by his agent. Yet another bizarre case where the murderer had no whatsoever intention, profit, nor reason for the murder.
Year 2009, 9th of December, celebrated French novelist Marianne Dupont was found brain dead in her humble Parisian apartment. She appeared to have dozed off while knitting and somehow been stricken with the strange ailment. After having been declared brain dead, fans all over the world mourned her loss. A month later, the vice-president of France was clubbed to death by his own wife. The wife went into a fit of nerves after realizing what she had done.
The present year is 2010. Professor Edward Newlake is an American college professor in the New Orleans who serves as a philosophy lecturer. Ever since the media hyped up the death of the celebrity Bella Rodriguez, he has been on his guard. When news of Marianne Dupont's death came out, he knew that his suspicions were confirmed. He traced the path of the hunters on the world map by studying the locations of the hunts, watching them go further and further west. He has deduced that the next location will be his proud country, the United States of America. Edward Newlake knows that his life is in danger. Why? Because Chen Wei Jun, Pritam Anand, John Black, Bella Rodriguez, and Marianne Dupont were all Dream Walkers tasked with the mission of protecting the countries they had been assigned to. They had failed, and their failures led to the deaths of several high-profile figures.
Edward Newlake, too, is a Dream Walker. For generations, the duty of protecting the USA's dreamers has been passed down his family. He knows that his fellows perished at the hands of their devious counterparts, the Dream Stalkers, because the act of inception - putting ideas into the heads of the victims and causing them to do something upon awakening - is a signature ability of Dream Stalkers.
Edward Newlake knows that this Dream Stalker is hunting down the Dream Walkers to eliminate the opposition before committing the roundabout assassinations. The Dream Stalker is planning something, and to put that plan into action the Dream Stalker needs to kill the Dream Walkers who stand in the way. Edward Newlake knows that he must fulfill his duty as a Dream Walker and oppose this Dream Stalker. He leaves his home and goes on the run to avoid being attacked while he is unawares, and spends his time determining who the Dream Stalker may be looking for. After months of research and hiding, he finally finds out who the hunter is looking for. The pretty young daughter of a renowned state politician in New York. The Dream Stalker plans to infiltrate the mind of the girl and slowly influence her until she awakes with the intense desire to murder her own father. With this knowledge, Edward Newlake travels to New York and rents an apartment near the girl's residence. For a month now, he has been guarding her mind tirelessly. Waiting for the Stalker to strike.