The house next door to Colquitt and Walter Kennedy is haunted by an all-pervasive evil -- an evil that takes away whatever the occupant holds dearest. The Kennedys are about to become witnesses to an over whelming force that will strip away the veneer of the civilized Atlanta suburb that surrounds and protects them.
A stunning feat of architectural imagination and skill, the house is built for the Harralsons -- newly married, rich, and expecting a baby. They become the first victims of an all-engulfing force they cannot comprehend. But the tragedy of the Harralsons is only the beginning, for the fabric of the Kennedys' lives is also ripped apart. And when the Sheehans move in next door, the house destroys them, too. But it is from the Greenes that it will take the ultimate prize.
The Kennedys alone understand the subtle, awful toll the house extracts. Their warnings go unheeded, their fears are dismissed, and it seems that if they are to survive they must themselves destroy the house. But it is something more than they know, this extraordinary evil, and they must either be embraced by it or die.