A single red rose on her doorstep and anonymous phone calls have reduced writer Ginny Harvey to a nervous wreck. Seeking peace and telling no one where she is going, she runs away, but a rose is delivered to her hideaway. Back home, she is at breaking point when suddenly the roses and calls stop. Feeling safe again, she forms a friendship with Curtis, a quiet librarian. But she realizes too late that the man in whom she has placed her trust is a cruel predator. Finding herself at Curtis's mercy, she is reminded of the poem 'The Spider and the Fly'. She has walked up the winding stair, but will she walk free, or will she perish like the fly?