Penny Palabras, 17, is being tormented by the Straw Man. The Ghost Librarian is trying to help her get to the bottom of things, while Penny's made deals with both the Pawn Broker and a Tiger Devil. The Pawn Broker loaned her the Spectacular Revolver and is interested in collecting valuable artifacts, but the Tiger Devil's motives aren't as clear. Penny's been expelled from school for skipping class with only weeks left before graduation, and her mother is undertandably angry. Penny's in a dark place, but the Ghost Librarian offers her a bit of respite, even if it does come with a cost. Her nightmares won't let her sleep, her friends and family can't understand, and the Straw Man is getting more powerful every day.