Driven by an irresistible hunch Ben Maers, a young novelist, returns to his home village in New England, to write the history of the mysterious house Marsteen.
The village of Salem is unchanged, neither are the inhabitants, who are still disapproving of strangers.
Shortly after the writers arrival a series of unusual occasions take place: residents succumb to illness or death.
Fear has the upper hand in the town. Only Maers and an old professor know the cause.