For generations, the word Witch has clung to the Sikes women like an ancient curse. Now Miranda keeps a lonely vigil, a hawk and cat her only companions. Teen Cassie Winslow comes to live with her father and his family and Miranda's waitng comes to an end. Cassie has seen visions of a kind woman, someone totally unlike her abusive mother. That woman is Miranda, who passes on the strange secret she has been guarding to Cassie, in a legacy of supernatural power.