After losing their 4 year old son in a tragic car accident Clare and Paul Knox decide to start a new life in Calabria, Italy. Paul settles into his new job as an engineer on the Strait of Messina Bridge building project while Clare, a photographer, picks up her camera for the first time since the accident, photographing the beautiful Calabrian countryside. But the past has a way of staying in the present and Clare begins to unravel unable to deal with the truth behind the loss of their son. Meanwhile, Paul learns that his boss Max Velonà, who is also the local town’s mayor, is the regional Don of the oldest and most powerful criminal organisation in Italy, the 'Ndrangheta. As Paul and Clare’s relationship disintegrates, Paul finds refuge in the arms of a mystical woman Eliza, who is at odds with Max due to the suspicious death of her niece. Max is a man who gets gratification from female misery and Claire presents him with the perfect prey. Max's depraved intentions towards her soon become brutally real as Clare uncovers Calabria’s sinister underbelly, steeped in pagan ritual and supernatural happenings.