Karen and her boyfriend Jerry rent a new warehouse conversion and accidentally discover a hidden brass bed. Karen, a successful illustrator of children's books, so loves the bed's singular design that she makes it the shining centerpiece of her new home and uses it to inspire her designs. But the bed soon gives inspiration of a different kind. Old memories from a frightful childhood mingle with new nightmares, all seemingly released by sleeping in the long hidden bed. The terrors invade her waking life; they decay her loving relationship to Jerry with dark fantasies and scar her artwork. Karen thinks a malevolent spirit has been awakened and is changiing her - she begins seeing things and she thinks the things are seeing her. Since finding the bed, the frights of the past no longer sleep...