Reverend Jim Donovan escaped his troublesome past as well as the care of the evil Dr. Pe're and moved with his family to the peaceful town of Paradise, South Carolina. Jim considers Paradise to be a fresh start. But although he feels happy with his marriage, his children, and his role as religious guide, he still finds himself drawn to the seductive Widow Chievers.
Feelings of sin stir within him, and he is soon engaged in a torrid love affair with the lovely widow. He feels his life again falling apart, but the storm around him is not just of his own making. Dr. Pe're has found him again, and after years of manipulation, the doctor is ready to collect his due.
But someone else now fights for the salvation of Jim's soul. Norma Hutchins, a psychic octogenarian, is intent on stopping the destruction of the reverend. Jim finds himself facing his own battles as a supernatural storm rages on, causing him great peril on the widow's walk. Will he rise above his demons and find forgiveness-or will his own sin destroy him, along with all the people he loves.