Dr. Veronica Glass, professor of English at the University of Washington, does not believe in ghosts. Matt Braddon, her new tenant has returned to Seattle but can't escape from a terrible secret in his past. Now, thirteen-year-old Angela Harrow has run away from her bitterly fighting parents, and begs Veronica to let her stay for the Christmas holidays. Suddenly, dangerous accidents are happening in the U. District house; whispering voices in the night, creaking floorboards with no one there, shattering glass, and chilling presences. What ever lives on in Veronica Glass' house has found a deadly new source of power, and before Christmas morning all their lives will be changed forever.