Jessie and Matt Gleasons’ summer idyll in Vermont turns sinister when the local bad boy, Hank Doyle, returns to East Monroe with his young children and pregnant wife to squat on the adjacent land in his aunt's abandoned farmhouse. As an outsider Jessie knows better than to get mixed up in the affairs of the locals, but after she catches Hank spying on her in the outdoor shower, her suspicions lead her into dangerous places. She goes on a mission to protect the Doyle family from Hank’s negligent, if not abusive, behavior, especially toward his eight-year old daughter.
After the Doyles get thrown off the land and Matt buys the farmhouse at auction, tensions culminate in a murderous scene of assault and death. Then Jessie and Matt stumble on the secret that has governed the townspeople's relations with one another for years. Like his father before him, Hank’s death was no accident.
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