In 2017, Ella moves into a new house right next door to a crumbling mansion that is covered in DO NOT ENTER signs. Soon, she begins to see the shadowy figure of a girl in the windows and in the garden of the abandoned property.
In 1982, Mary keeps a diary of her days at an orphanage called Thornhill, in the very top room, all alone but for her puppets. She is tormented and bullied by another girl, referred to only as she. After months, as the orphanage is getting ready to close, Mary is finally pushed too far.
Ella has lost her mother and her dad is always at work, so when mysterious puppets begin to appear in the garden next door, left as gifts, she’s more than happy to accept them.
All Mary wants is a friend. And as scary story fans know, that’s never a good sign.