After years of crawling through ruined temples and wandering Southeast Asian killing fields, photojournalist Charlie Case returns home to find that strange images are invading his dreams and wreaking havoc in his life. The gruesome “death by cats” of an elderly relative provides Charlie with the incentive to re-examine his purpose and newly realized fate.
Under mysterious circumstances, Charlie buys an abandoned coal baron’s mansion in Appalachia. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the ghosts of the baron and his blind daughter, Elinore, currently occupy the house—but they’re not alone. All variety of evil, screaming things are imprisoned here, making the baron and Elinore the least of Charlie’s problems.
A bloodthirsty wall within the house drinks the blood of its victims to sustain its power, and Charlie does not plan on joining the menagerie of tortured spirits inside the mansion. To cease the horror of the place, he must return Elinore’s missing child and find a way for the spirits to escape. Only then will they find eternal peace; only then will Charlie discover what’s his.