A man posing as a writer arrives in a lakeside Michigan city to investigate a bizarre series of murders, only to learn that he may be next when all of his informants begin dropping like flies. One year ago, insurance-fraud investigator Bryan Spikes was implicated as the man responsible for a vicious murder spree, but he was quickly killed before he could speak out. Just as local fervor surrounding the case begins to die down, Alex Forrester (Mark Bierlein
) arrives in town claiming to be a writer researching the case. Before long it becomes apparent that Bryan was permanently silenced as he prepared to make a startling revelation. Now everyone who talks to Alex gets a one-way ticket to the morgue. It seems the only people Alex can trust are his amiable neighbor (Tom Arnold
), an ex-sharpshooter, and Heather (Mena Suvari
), Bryan's former girlfriend. But even they seem frustratingly elusive. Later, when Alex finds himself in the crosshairs and learns that Heather has been targeted as well, he steps up his investigation and learns that this quaint city harbors a very dark secret.