On a dark stormy night, five children and their teacher on a school trip arrive at an old mansion in a van. There is no sign of the rest of the students who are travelling by bus. The children wonder why they were picked to travel in a van. There is a blackout and the children have to spend the night in the dark tower room. There they discover a secret room. In the hidden room, they find an old diary belonged to Richard Clayton Harwick. While reading Richard’s sad story, they relate it to their own lives. All of them come from broken families just like Richard.