A governess has been hired to care for two children at a remote country house by their distant and preoccupied uncle in London. She instantly takes a liking to the children, Flora and Miles, but feels uneasy in the old house. She constantly hears footsteps outside her door at night and spots a pale faced man watching her from one of the windows. She describes the man to the house keeper Mrs Grose, who believes it is the ghost of Peter Quint, the former valet, who died in mysterious circumstances several years ago.
The governess confides in Mrs Grose after more ghostly sightings and is advised to contact the children’s uncle in London. She writes a letter, but the ghost of Peter Quint instructs Miles to steal the letter before it can be posted.
Learning that her letter was never sent the Governess confronts Miles. As she questions him, the ghost of Peter Quint pressures Miles not to betray him, but he reluctantly names the ghost and suddenly falls dead on the floor. The Governess cries out in grief.