Living in New York City in 1872, Horace Carpentine is a young apprentice to society photographer Enoch Middleditch. This suits Horace perfectly since he has been raised to believe and respect science and rationality. And what, if anything, is photography but a science requiring a knowledge of mechanics, chemistry, and physics?
For Horace, everything can be explained through these elements until he and Middleditch are asked to photograph the wealthy Mrs. Frederick Von Macht. How can science explain the frightful image of Von Macht's dead daughter, Eleanora, that shows up in the photograph? Indeed, how can Horace continue to see Eleanora at the Von Macht mansion, in the graveyard, and in other locations?
With the help of the Von Machts' servant girl, Pegg, Horace learns more about the Von Machts and himself than he could ever explain with pure science. Will he be able to help Eleanora find the peace she needs or will matters turn as dark as his developing room?
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