After losing their parents to a plane crash, Xavier and River Jordan's early life consist of abandonment and tragedy. Nevertheless, life, thereafter, takes an upward climb when the boys move to New York City with their beloved nanny.

Unfortunately, things take a rough turn once more when River is brutally murdered, leaving Xavier haunted by terrifying visions of his brother's dead body on a rain-drenched street. Attempting to translate these horrifying terrors, Xavier's waking world becomes a nightmare. Desperately trying to regain stability and discover his brother's murderer, Xavier strives to decipher River's messages from the Shadow World. Is River's spirit conveying a warning, a lesson, or good-bye?