After the death of their beloved daughter Alice by a savage dog, the veterinary Patrick and the pharmacist Louise move to Wake Wood, a small town in the countryside. Patrick befriends the local leader Arthur and the couple grieves the death of Alice. Sooner Louise witnesses part of a bloody ritual in the woods and they learn that the villagers practice a pagan ritual to bring back to life the beloved deceased one for three days for a better farewell within the first month of the casualty and within the village limits. Patrick and Louise accept the conditions and lie to Arthur about the date that Alice died. They succeed in resuscitating Alice but something goes deadly wrong.