After her widowed father dies, deaf teenager Dot (Camilla Belle
) moves in with her godparents, Olivia (Edie Falco
) and Paul (Martin Donovan) Deer. The Deers' daughter, Nina (Elisha Cuthbert
), is openly hostile to Dot, but that does not prevent her from telling her secrets to her silent stepsister, including the fact that she wants to kill her lecherous father.