Little Seth lives his childhood playing around with his friends, Kim and Eben. After his father's loss who was a coward that always being accused for his past relationship with a younger boy, he has to deal with his abusive mother. He uses his imagination more than he should and that leads him to a fantastic world where an evil woman lives beside their neighborhood and he thinks she is a vampire. When his brother, Cameron, returns from the army, he falls in love with the strange widow and now Seth tries to involve into their relationship in order to save him. When his friends are founded murdered, he will take a hard lesson about avoiding reality. This nice attempt was the first one for director Philip Ridley. Viggo Mortensen was also delivered a dramatic character well.