Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted.
Jake is the heir of the prominent Alderdice family in San Francisco. Although dearly loved by his sister Vivian, his passion for art and his contemplative temperament make him a pariah in the eyes of his tyrannical mother Larissa.
When the Alderdices take their yearly summer vacation in the prominent resort town of Waxwood, Jake meets Stevens, a charismatic older man. With his paternal authority and obsession for power and leadership, he is the epitome of Larissa’s idea of manhood. He develops a hero worship for Stevens who in turn is intrigued by Jake’s artistic talent and philosophical nature. Stevens introduces him to the Order Of Actaeon, a group of misanthropes who rejected commercial and conventional luxuries in their former lives for a “pure” life in the wild.
But behind the potent charms of his new friend and seductive simplicity of the Actaeon lifestyle lies something brutal and sinister that Jake could not have anticipated.