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.
Nineteen-year-old Ruthie finds herself lost when her mother disappears without a trace. Now responsible for her sister's care, Ruthie struggles to be the grown-up, especially when the discovery of Sara Harrison Shea's diary opens up a world of the dead coming back to life. Unable to stop the secrets from coming to light, Ruthie's determination to find her mother leads her to dangerous places.
Joe Crawford never would have expected to witness a mother abusing her infant, but making a stop at a gas station forces Joe to make a decision - to involve himself or let it be. Being a family man himself, he can't bear the sight, yet saving Little Stevie from abuse results in terrible repercussions. Now a group of people have Joe in their sights, and they blame him for losing one of their own. They'll stop at nothing to succeed in their revenge, even endangering Joe's own daughter.