Uspešen založnik Will se z ženo Libby ter hčerkama preseli v slikovito podeželsko mestece. Med privajanjem na novo življenje pa kmalu doživijo šok. Njihov novi dom je bil pred leti prizorišče umora matere in njenih otrok. Prebivalci menijo, da je bil storilec mož. Willu se pričnejo prikazovati duhovi in pri raziskovanju preteklosti mu lahko pomaga samo skrivnostna soseda Ann Patterson, ki je poznala nekdanje stanovalce.
Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed...only to find themselves the killer's next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Watts), a neighbor who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will's dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next.