After popular horror fiction author, Edwina Frost, dies a lonely death in her farmhouse cellar, her politician nephew asks poet Maria Pell to write Edwina's biography. He hints that there are episodes in Edwina's life that will require sensitive treatment. When the bones of a child are found on Frost farmland, Maria intuits a connection between the child and Edwina. Maria can feel that Edwina's soul has not gone on to a sweet reward, but instead roams the earth as a troubled spirit. As Maria closes in on the child's identity, Edwina's spirit becomes malevolent, threatening to claim Maria who fights back in a fierce battle to maintain her sanity.