When a child is recovered from an anonymous serial killer and is discovered to have developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, he refuses to speak; an overly empathetic but extremely talented forensic psychologist is assigned to try to get evidence from the child in order to catch the killer.
The movie opens to an extremely quiet street. There is no music at this point, only the soft chirping of morning birds and the rustling of well-kept trees.
The shot eventually focuses on a modest house: small and formerly student-owned. The door opens, slowly and casually, as MELANIE CHAMBERS strolls outside. Melanie is a forensic psychologist, in her mid-twenties, and a desperate workaholic who has perpetual dark circles under her eyes. She has a tendency to overlook sensitive social issues and generally stumbles over her words, especially when she speaks at the wrong time; her intellectual talents outweigh her social abilities. She takes a deep breath (as if covering up a deep yawn) while a few unnoticed leaves fall around her.
She rubs her eyes sluggishly as she approaches her car and climbs inside. The key is blindly forced into the ignition. As Melanie successfully turns on the car, she forces her eyes open, squinting as she looks up at her bright surroundings.
CUT - A PITCH-BLACK ROOM
Same time, same day. Exact time unknown.
Muffled footsteps echo through another room as the frantic flicking of a light switch is heard; panting joins these sounds as the flicking intensifies. Suddenly, a dim orange light flashes on. The face of a small boy is revealed.
This boy is JACOB MULLER, a disheveled and frightened 10-year-old. He looks around, tears glistening in his eyes under the orange light, apparently lost within this house.
A VOICE, deep within the house, an angered voice that chills to the bone: KID!
Jacob holds back sobs as he fidgets with a doorknob. It is presumably locked.
VOICE: KID, WHERE ARE YOU?!
There is a soft click as the door opens. Jacob's shoulders heave in a small sigh.
VOICE: ANSWER ME NOW, WHERE ARE YOU?!
There is a long pause as Jacob builds up the courage to respond.
JACOB, in a trembling voice as he shouts through his tears: I'm here, you stupid monster! Come get me!
He takes off running through the newly-revealed doorway, yet keeps his ears perked for any sign of the shouting man coming closer.
VOICE: I'LL KILL YOU, KID, I SWEAR!
CUT - BACK TO MELANIE'S CAR
Same time, same day.
It is quiet again, but now in a frightening way. Melanie is currently driving along a highway that leads into a mildly populated city. Buildings and skyscrapers tower over the car as she stays focused on what's in front of her, seemingly in an attempt to stay awake.
In a sudden bout of noise, Melanie's phone rings. With a labored expression, she picks the phone up and answers.
DANIEL, from the other line: Where are you?
Mr. Daniel Jones is Melanie's employer, a middle-aged man with a thirst for perfection. He is known for his compulsive hiring and work techniques; his employees usually can't put up with him for more than a week.
A short pause follows his question.
DANIEL: Are you on your way?
MELANIE, distractedly: Yeah, I'll be there in about five minutes.
JOHN: Would you hurry up?
MELANIE, firmly, yet still somewhat distracted: I'm five minutes away.
JOHN: See you in five minutes then.
Melanie hangs up without saying goodbye, then drops her phone into her purse carelessly.