The Lake exerts a strong, almost mystical force on the City's inhabitants. Before Men first settled the area, the Lake stretched itself, drowning and revealing land and animals in a monstrous show of power. Now Man, tiny, frail and weak has extended his hand over the Lake, building homes and schools and factories, cutting the Lake off from its prime sources of food. When one source dries up, another must be found. The Lake tells the story of a loner, cruelly mistreated his whole life, downtrodden, unable to enjoy a "normal" life. In one brief moment of utter violence, he achieves power undreamt. He is finally his own master, or is he? The Lake is a fast-paced race between a "normal" man pushed beyond his limits and the hard-pressed police detectives who must stop his killing spree, but seem always one step behind.