Lacey has longed for a home of her own all her life - a place where she can feel safe, where she and her new husband can raise their first, precious child. When Lacey views the dilapidated Victorian clapboard property on an exquisite tree-lined street, she instantly falls in love. She believes that soon its beautiful sunlit rooms will be filled with the joy of the new family she will build there.
But Lacey is mistaken. The house doesn't want her. It already has an occupant of its own - an angry little boy who hides terrors that Lacey cannot begin to understand. Beneath the dark stairway, at the bottom of the shadowed hall, there lies a secret: for decades, no child has survived this house, no woman has emerged anything less than broken. Lacey has made a mistake. Now she must fight to survive it - and to save those she loves most.