Meg Daton has been uneasy since the moment she arrived in bayou country. Being volunteer nurse to the shriveled husk of a dying woman she hardly knows is bad enough. But the house, where strange, inexplicable things keep happening, is even worse. And the people! Though Esther seems good-hearted, Wes, her handsome, tight-lipped son, is frightening. Most menacing of all is debonair Dr. LaVane, who treats Aunt Belle behind a locked door. Wes and doc blame each other for the mysterious death of Wes' sister Anna - a mystery that becomes starkly real to Meg when she begins to realize that Aunt Belle's unexpected "recovery" may cost her her life.