Ten year old
Marshall reluctantly brings home a peculiar carved bird from the estate
sale of a wealthy but unloved man. Marshall eventually discovers that
looking into the bird's eyes reveals old photographs of things it has
witnessed over many years. The events it records tend to be the worst that
humanity has to offer; things that occur in private, in moments of passion
and rage, avarice and guilt. Marshall fears its ugly secret and tries to
hide it away, especially from his friend Mickey, who seems to bring out
the most terrible images it contains because he can't get enough of them.
catches his older sister, Becky, looking into its eyes, he is horrified,
even though she is initially delighted by what she sees. But when she
looks again, something is revealed that evokes instant revulsion.
hides the bird away. His Mother then finds it in Becky's room, and returns
it to Marshall with a stern warning. After she leaves, Mickey quickly
gazes inside, and discovers the bird has been secretly watching Marshall's
family. Marshall has to strike Mickey before he can relay aloud what the
bird witnessed in Becky's room between her and her ... Father.