Vincent Rhodes, an unemployed artist whose family fortune has been forever lost in the Great Depression, receives four letters from his brother, Theo, who during the first Great War in Europe went AWOL. Though postmarked April 1933, from Claremont, New Hampshire, the letters are dated 1918, the year Theo disappeared. Vincent leaves his Brooklyn flat to find him.

Based on clues from the letters, Vincent tracks Theo to his last-known location: a decaying New England health resort known to locals as the Sulphur Cure.

There he meets Helen Sage-Brown, the last descendant of the original owners. Though he is convinced his brother was at this strange complex, Miss Sage-Brown insists that she has never seen him. As Vincent digs deeper into the lives of the eccentric residents in search of answers, he finds there is more to this place than sagging floors and broken windows. He discovers that the people inhabiting the old grounds have as many secrets as he does, and that his life will change forever once those secrets come to light.

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