Stunning cinematography, costume designs and remarkable and colorful characters come together to create a period piece which superbly evokes a broad spectrum of 1930s life in deep South. Joel Samson, a young boy of 13, is summoned to a sprawling and decaying plantation house to meet the father he has not seen for nine years. On his arrival, he meets Amy Skully, the mistress of the house, and Randolph, her debauched and eccentric cousin. His father is nowhere is sight. Joel later discovers the man lying paralyzed in the attic of the crumbling mansion whereupon he begins to unravel the mysterious secrets that lie within the house.