Benjamin Prachett, Grant Carrington, Simon Hollingworth, Mary Crawley and Henry Lawrence find themselves in south west Boston at the estate of longtime friend Andrew Keetling. Andrew Keetling has been missing for some time now and Sarah who is Andrews wife has called upon the group via telegram to aid in her search as she has little confidence the authorities can assist her.
Andrew has been distancing himself from Sarah and making purchases of expensive paintings from an up and coming artist named Josephine Garsetti which as Sarah describes are ghastly images.
While everyone hesitated on the decision whether to help Sarah or not, the group searches the office of Andrew Keetling for clues to his whereabouts or other useful information. Upon entering the group is horrified by the paintings of this Josephine Garsetti. They both haunt the imagination and seem alien at the same time. These very same paintings seem to have averse effects on Mary, Benjamin and Henry causing concern withing the group.
Mary finds love notes from Garsetti to Andrew in a book after recovering from her ordeal with the painting. The notes implicate him in some sort of affair however she keeps this knowledge to herself for now as she would like to keep this information from Sarah for now.
After an exhaustive search in the study and being exhausted themselves, the group ends their evening in the living area where they indulge in a nightcap and giving in to the cozy crackling of the fireplace.
Something truly strange is going on. What has Andrew gotten himself into.