Bestselling horror novelist Christopher Roth (Joaquim De Almeida) feels in need of a change, the gruesome ideas in his novels are starting to take over his dreams and have him asking the question: 'How long before I become one of the insane killers I write about?' In need of a break, he and his wife Catherine head off to a remote house in Umbria, Italy. Roth starts work on a new romantic novel and all seems to be going well but it's not long before this idyllic world is shattered. A young couple is brutally murdered in the woods near the Roths' rented house, and Catherine has disappeared. A letter from the killer is on Christopher's table, accompanied by a horrific photo... and here begins the Roths' worst nightmare. A nightmare whose violence is greater than anything Christopher had ever envisioned.