In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts town. Yet, she is still very much alive. After the doctor's illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. Josephine begs to be spared and they strike a deal - Josephine will leave and work at a distant mill, where she'll help the body snatcher find her replacement. But Josephine falls for the factory manager, Braham Taylor, and when Braham's loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could steal away the promise of any future at all.