Grace goes to visit her old friend Gemma, a successful artist, after hearing that she has suddenly announced an early retirement from her art career. Gemma is reluctant to let Grace in, but eventually gives in. Grace tries to figure out what makes Gemma’s art successful but notices Gemma’s nervous behavior when she refuses to let Grace go upstairs to her studio. There, she finds a canvas covered in a sheet stained with dark liquid. Grace realizes that Gemma is afraid of this room because this ink-like substance has consumed both her and her art.