Salem By Way of California is the story of Randi Halstead, a teenage girl who is suddenly moved from San Francisco, CA to Salem, MA to live with her paternal grandmother and her parents. Her parents are viciously murdered by Lawrence Putnam who has had a centuries old grudge against the Warren Family, Randi's maternal side of the gene pool, dating back to the days of the Salem Witch Trials. Lawrence has been waiting for the return of the Halsteads so he could carry out his grudge.
Randi simultaneously has to deal with the loss of what she considered her hometown, coming to grips with the loss of her main family unit, as well as dodging death because Lawrence has vowed to kill all that are descended from the Warren line. Soon after the death of her parents Randi realizes that she has abilities that have the potential to get out of hand, she has premonitions, empathy, telekinesis, and pyrokinesis. These abilities have traveled down the family line to her.
Randi, with the help of her paternal grandmother and great aunts, is able to get a handle on her abilities. Along the way she finds that she’s able to finally get to know her family in a way that she never has, and find love and happiness in the end.