Carrie White is an outcast - bullied at school, and abused at home. Womanhood makes a very startling and traumatic introduction, and changes Carrie's life forever. The only relief she finds is in her ability to move things with her mind; it's her intimate secret, yet the breaking point isn't far away. Her secret will get out, sooner or later, and perhaps even mete out revenge.
There's a new store opening in Castle Rock, and the whole town has noticed its special green awning. Questions arise as to what it will sell, and whom exactly the proprietor is, but nobody ever expected the severity in discovering such simple things. Treasures that appear otherworldly in their perfection start to become prized possessions, soon enough causing disarray in the town's day to day activity. There's something too good to be true about Needful Things.