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Stephen King;s The Stand is a thrilling novel that portraysthe forces of good against evil. In the year 1991, a plaguestrikes America, leaving only a few thousand people alivewho are ;immune; to the epidemic. Of the survivors, thosewho serve G-d instinctively join in Boulder, Colorado, whilethose who worship the ;Dark Man; are drawn to LasVegas, Nevada. The two groups separately re-build society,until one must destroy the other. Franni Goldsmith comesvery close to killing herself.

She thinks she can not deal withher parents; deaths, being unwed and pregnant, and havingthe only other survivor in her hometown of Ogunquit, Mainbe her recently deceased best friend;s weird brother HaroldLauder. Fran puts aside her personal feelings for Haroldaside, and goes with him to the place in her dreams, toBoulder, Colorado. On their way, they meet up with sixpeople from various states in the United States who joinedthem on their journey. Fran is disturbed by her dreams, as allof them are by their own. She dreams of an old lady namedAbigail, in Colorado. This lady is kind and loving andpromises to protect them from the evil. In the dreams thereis also a ;Dark Man;. He is always there lurking, waiting toattack.

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Harold admits to himself that he is in love with Franand goes crazy when he realizes how serious Fran hasbecome with Stuart Redman, one of the newcomers to theirtraveling group. Harold becomes insanely jealous and plotsto separate them, even if it means murder. Harold doesn;tadmit it to any of them, but his dreams are different fromtheirs. In his dreams the ;Dark Man; offers Harold powerand respect, something Harold could never imagine in thepast. Harold knows his destiny is to go to Las Vegas. Thegroup arrives in Boulder, and soon after are joined by overone.

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