Jodie Foster stars in this thriller based on the novel by Laird Koenig. Following the mysterious death of her father, 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs (Foster) continues to live alone in her family home. In order to protect her home and existence, Rynn tries to convince her suspicious neighbours, snobbish landlady and the concerned police force that her father is simply out of town on business. But her landlady's seedy son Frank (Martin Sheen) also begins to take an avid interest in the lonely teen's situation. How far is Rynn willing to go to safeguard her secret?