by Barbara Valletto
Left with unresolved feelings over Maya Holworth’s mysterious abandonment, Kylie Vinson returns to New York and becomes obsessed with delving into psychic phenomena. She is drawn to Sophie Brighton, who is experiencing a recurrent nightmare where a faceless woman is trying to escape an unforeseen terror. Sophie is convinced the woman is trying to reach out to her through an altered state of being and that both of their lives are in danger. It is only when Sophie physically acts out her nightmare, with frightening consequences, that Kylie uses her psychic abilities to gain insight into her dilemma.
To Kylie’s astonishment, while under hypnosis, Sophie describes Holworth House in explicit detail. She knows of its century-old past of once being a state-appointed mental asylum, and of the fire that led to the deaths of many innocent lives.
Sophie is convinced her dream woman’s fate exists within Holworth House. Kylie returns to Holworth House, and with the help of her longtime friend and the town’s historian, a young woman’s diary is discovered. The diary dates back to her commitment to the asylum because of her “unnatural love for another woman.” Through the woman’s passages, Kylie learns of extreme acts of physical and emotional cruelty suffered by the patients at the hands of a demented psychiatrist and his sadistic staff. Kylie believes the woman and Sophie share a common bond, and that they need to unleash Holworth House’s dark secrets through “streaming.” Only then, can Sophie be set free.