The story begin as Hedda and George Tesman return from an extended honeymoon in Europe. Hedda, is a self centered, manipulating almost demonic woman. A former lover of hers, Eilert, now in a relationship with another woman returns after a five years absence as a successful author. Jealousy and frustration over an unwanted pregnancy, the loss of her lover and boredom, drive her to extremes. Thea Elvsted the woman now in a relationship with Eilert makes a surprise visit to the Tasman's, unknowingly she presents herself as the catalyst that Hedda needs to set the wheels in motion and regain control over her former lover, she expressively states "I want to mold a human destiny". Dark secrets will surface and dispair are waiting around the corner.