Bill is a young, handsome first-year photography teacher at Miss Porter's, a prestigious all-girls finishing school in Farmington, Connecticut. Of course, he's popular among the students, but he finds himself specifically drawn to Betty Leonard. In fact, he feels as though he has met her before; he feels as though they are connected.
Betty is a mature senior, and she sees no problem in dating a teacher. Bill has his doubts, but although he tries to resist her, he is overwhelmed by irrational feelings of love. As the photography teacher, Bill has access to a valuable antique camera left to the school a generation ago by a student.
Using the camera, they are able to see the ghost figures of a young man and woman on the grounds of the famous Hill-Stead Museum, just a short distance from the school. They soon come to realize they are reliving a love story that failed long ago. They are haunted by the ghosts of their past lives and fear that past failures are doomed to repeat.