In the middle of the 17th Century Eva Van Damme, a Dutch aristocrat, left Holland for the reckless spoils of the New World. She and her clan built a great mansion in New England, cut themselves off from the rest of society and eventually disappeared from view altogether. It was here she revealed in her dark obsession, one that had driven the Van Damme's from their Dutch home, her insatiable sexual appetite for her twin brother... More than three centuries later, a ferry carries ailing John Strauss and his wife Kathleen to an eerie New England community. He is dying from a mysterious blood disease, and has traced his roots to this enclosed island in the vain hope he may discover some key to his condition. Strauss knows he was born here, but as a baby he was sent to Paris and subsequently adopted, if he can find his relatives he may be saved. However as he will soon discover, death can sometimes be a sweet release.