High on a hillside overlooking Salem University, hidden in shadows and shrouded in silence,sits Nightingale Hall. Nightmare Hall, the students call it. Because that's where the terror began.
Katie Sullivan has everything - nice roommate, cool friends, and a great guy. Until the day she and her boyfriend are out on the river and their canoe overturns. She survives. He doesn't. Katie can't stop thinking about the accident, weighing the evidence, wondering if ir was her fault. But someone else has already reached a decision about Katie. The verdict is guilty. The punishment is death.