Hugo is a turn-of-the century scientist, loved and respected by his family and friends, and admired by his colleagues. But he is a man quickly becoming obsessed with a curious and frightening question - what is the mysterious apparition found in the photographs of his dying subjects?
Hugo brings his latest invention to a family boating party a motion picture camera. The party quickly turns into a disaster as he captures thetragic drowning of his wife and son on film. When the film is replayed later, a ghostlike presence appears and flies toward his son, and vanishes inside his dying body. .
Has Hugo discovered The Asphyx, the spirit of the dead described in Greek mythology? It is a ghoulish search, with eternally haunting results - and Hugo is compelled to find the answers.