On a beautiful tranquil island off the South Carolina coast, Margaret Devereaux, fifty and childless, has abandoned her dreams in order to care for her aged, demanding mother.  This was the house Kevin Devereaux had not set foot in for twenty years but he and his wife and children have come been summoned to visit Mother, whom they hate and fear.  The Mother, suddenly and horribly, dies inside the locked nursery.  All the secrets of the past will emerge to shed their evil.