Annie Wilson is a young widow with three children. She has a ``gift`` and to make ends meet she reads cards and tells people their future. When the daughter of the area’s most prominent citizen disappears, Annie is called upon by the woman’s anxious father and fiancé to assist the police. She manages to lead them to the lake where the girl’s body is to be found and the police arrest Donnie Barksdale, known to both Annie and the police as an extremely violent man. Annie continues to receive clues even after Barksdale’s arrest that leads her to believe someone else is responsible. In her final confrontation with the killer, she gets assistance from an unexpected source.