Josie Ferguson and her coach driving Robert head through the town of Brindle. Josie must live with her aunt and uncle due to her parent's deaths. They notice the people are not thrilled with their arrival. Everything is mysterious and has a strange vibe. Robert seems to be very uneasy and nervous.
When Josie and Robert arrive at Uncle Caleb and Aunt Minnie's, the hosts are not very friendly toward Josie and especially toward Robert. The first night, Josie already notices strange things about her new family. They are not loving towards her. Josie find their conversations strange and suspicious .
When Josie goes to bed, she hears them talking about a secret. In the morning, Josie tries to sneak downstairs, but is attacked by Aunt Minnie's guard dog, Lamb. Josie's ankle is bloody and injured from the attack. No one helps tend to the wound. Josie realizes her Aunt Minnie ordered Lamb to attack her if she went downstairs. Josie's suspicions rise even more.