When Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Peter Crane moves to the picture-perfect town of Saugatuck, New England, he anticipates an idyllic lifestyle for him and his family. But appearances can be deceptive. Things begin to change for the Cranes when a strange woman shows up and asks Peter to help her son Chris, who has been charged with murder. Intrigued Peter begins to investigate and as he does so the town's usually friendly citizens turn icy and hostile towards him and his family. A burning scarecrow is hung from a tree outside their home. Their car windows are smashed and then in satanic style, doused with animal blood. The local police mysteriously turn a blind eye to it all.