Beauty is afraid to sleep - her dreams are haunted by the Shadow Lady who stalks and threatens her. During her waking hours, Beauty's life is safer than she wants it to be. Since her mother's death, her father has become so over-protective that he has locked away all the knives in the house. Beauty has lost her desire to be an artist, but when a new student arrives, things begin to change. Luna encourages Beauty to come out of her shell, and she is finally able to admit her attraction to a neighborhood boy, Poe. But as she gains self-confidence, Beauty's nightmares become ever more terrifying, filled with dark images of blood and death, forcing her to question the Shadow Lady's true identity.