Jess was happy when her family lived by the bay, but something is wrong with their new house. Since her family moved, her sister Vida has become wild and furious and believes in all kinds of strange magic. The children begin to suspect theres a ghost in the house. Jesss brother Clem says that he can see her. Too preoccupied and jumpy, he hasnt even unpacked. Their mother is lying sick in her bedroom upstairs and refuses to talk or come out, which is getting on Jesss nerves. The ghost is definitely starting to appear to Jess — a fast blur in the corner of her eye, the swish of invisible legs keeping step with her own, the skin-crawling feeling that someone is watching. Who is this ghost and with whom does she want to communicate?
Guilty over their older brothers drowning and their mothers subsequent breakdown, fourteen-year-old Vida ventures into the occult but it is ten-year-old Jess who meets the ghost who is trying to help them.