Peoples’ perceptions can change how we ourselves view the world and what’s going on in it. Making sure we understand perception vs reality will help us think critically and see things both subjectively and objectively.
Covington is a 19th century town in the middle of the woods comprised of town elders, chiefly Edward Walker, and their families. In the woods that surround the town, there live creatures who are not named and with whom the townsfolk have had dealings in the past, while not shown; a deal of a sort has been worked out between the creatures and the village with the understanding that the villagers will not venture past the safe points and the creatures will not breach these points from their side either.
A young man of the town dies of an as yet unknown disease that a few members think may have been treatable if he just had the medicine. Lucius Hunt appeals to the village elders to let him travel beyond their safe border to the towns past in order to get medicine to ensure this does not happen again, and possibly to heal the mental illness of Noah. Lucius is quickly denied the request.
Lucius is approached by Kitty in hopes that they will marry, but Lucius is in love with Kitty’s sister Ivy, who is blind, but can “see” auras around certain people. Noah is in love with Ivy and presents her with berries of “the bad colour” (red, which is not allowed in the town, as it’s feared to bring out the monsters). Lucius determines that if the monsters let Noah out of the woods alive due to his mental incapacity, they will let him through alive when they see he is fearless and pure. Lucius’ mother tells him to stop thinking about the woods and settle at home.
On border patrol one evening a few nights later, Lucius breaches the boundary and makes his way into the woods for a short distance. After his patrol, he goes to Ivy, who…...