The storied and fiercly competitive Brownsbury College accepts only the most talented of art students. Tucked away in the idyllic town of Thetford, Vermont, the college draws not only the talented, but also the bizarre. It takes more than drive to compete with the harsh winters of Thetford and the secrets that lie dormant beneath the surface.
Jules is a sophmore at Brownsbury, a girl whose curious nature may be a gift or a curse. She has been given a business card, seemingly harmless, by an old man with a cane who she has not seen around town and does not recognize.
Noel, a senior film student, awkward at best, has grown accustomed to being the geek. He accepted it some time ago, but new feelings have emerged. New feelings that he could do better, be better. That he could change things. Those words haunt him into following the old man’s instruction, for he too has the same business card Jules does.
Calling the number on the card does different things for different people. Becca, Jules long time friend and aspiring actress, has called the number on the card. What she receives is an invitation to the affluent estate of Essex-Weald. Owned by the reclusive and haunted Justin Fonseco, who’s family was brutally massacred twenty years earlier by some occultist group, Becca decides to invite Jules to tag along.
What happens at the estate is both thrilling and terrifying, leaving Jules feeling unsure about her friend Becca’s aggressive mood swings but tickled by the attentions of the handsome Justin.
As her friendship with Becca deteriorates, a new one blossoms with Noel. Yet even he seems to be changing, albeit in a different way. After calling the number on the card Noel falls deathly ill. Relief comes in the form of a box, leaking red viscous liquid. He eats the contents of the box only to find himself waking several days’ later feeling refreshed, healthy and different.
Decidedly different, because he starts to recall the dark memories that come when he disappears into the darkness. The darkness where he loses track of time. The darkness where his body changes from the tall and lanky man he was to the tall and muscular one he is becoming. Noel begins to recall what he does there, in the darkness.
So when Becca spirals into a world of paranoia, only to end up dead, Noel has to keep his tongue while Jules decides something is not quite right in the town of Thetford. A string of unusual deaths, a monster stalking the streets and an urban legend only dark minds would believe to be true, Jules scrambles to uncover the truths. She dives, blinded by friendship and a crush, into the terrible and the macabre in order to quench her desire for knowledge. As Noel embraces the darkness and the gift of his innermost desires, Jules finds herself running from it.
In the end, will she be able to hold true to herself or give in to the power and the secrets of Thetford?