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THE STAND By Stephen King In the year 1991 a plague strikes America killing everyone except a few thousand people who were immune to the epidemic Of the survivors those who serve G-d instinctively join together in Boulder Colorado while those who worship the Dark Man are drawn to Las Vegas Nevada The two groups separately and independently re-build their societies until it comes time for one to destroy the other good vs evil Franni Goldsmith comes very close to committing suicide She feels that she can not deal with the death of her parents She is unwed and pregnant She is one of two sole survivors in her hometown of Ogunquit Maine the other is her recently deceased best friends weirdo brother Harold Lauder Fran puts her personal feelings aside for Harold and goes with him to the place in her dreams Boulder Colorado On their way six people from various other states who are also in route to Colorado join them Fran is disturbed by her dreams as all of them are by their own She dreams of an old lady named Abigail in Colorado This lady is kind and loving and promises to protect them from the evil In the dreams there is also a Dark Man He is always there lurking waiting to attack Harold secretly falls in love with Fran and goes crazy when he realizes how serious Fran has become with Stuart Redman one of the newcomers to their traveling group Harold becomes insanely jealous and plots to separate them at any cost He doesnt admit it to any of them but his dreams are different from theirs In his dreams the Dark Man offers Harold power and respect something Harold could never imagine in the past Harold knows he should actually be going to Las Vegas
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