Elizabeth, a young dreamer dressed in a bridal dress, is carried over the door by her husband, Henry, much older than her. This house you are now sharing is somewhere in an idyllic area but far from civilization. She totally obeys Henry, both sexually and emotionally, doing everything she can to get into the grace of Claire, the mysterious maid who seems to have an antipathy to her, and Oliver, the son of Henry who is so silent and quiet that it is hard to notice. Henry, the Nobel Prize winner, warns Elizabeth not to enter a particular basement room underneath. She does not obey the order, and when he is on a business trip, he goes to investigate, making a shocking discovery.