From the introduction:
When the Maelstrom opened itself to the world, we were totally unprepared.
It was first noticed as an uptick in missing persons. There were some concerned statisticians but nothing that hinted any cause so nothing could be done.
Then some people started showing up again, weeks or months later. They told stories of bizarre journeys through spaces that defied our understanding of the world. They were, of course, written off as hoaxes or madness.
But it kept happening. It got to the point where it was impossible to ignore. Everyone knew someone who knew someone who had disappeared. And still all we have are theories. Experiments by extraterrestrial entities, an illness in the collective psyche, the very fabric of our universe unraveling. No one has answers.
And now you find yourself standing on the threshold of the Maelstrom. It may be an unusual door you never noticed before in your home, an invitation from an indescribable being in a dream, the forgotten smell of a long-dead relative. It holds undeniable appeal. It offers exactly what it needs to offer to make you consider taking that step into the twisted, unknowable place beyond.
What will you find there?