Chosen are ten writers, their ultimate goal to win the contest presented by the illustrious - and suspiciously elusive - Roderick Wells. Residing in his mansion for the summer, the task of penning the perfect tale of horror evokes the darkness already in their hearts, taking the form of regret, jealousy and ill intent. The ever-changing environment and dwindling number of the group doesn't help matters, and soon the game descends into all-out madness.
James is ecstatic to be able to return home and spend summer with his father; the loss of his old life when his parents were still together has left a hole in his heart. Now back amongst friends and discovering what could be love, James's life couldn't get any better. That is, until his father starts behaving strangely in front of the window.