Dark corners, secret alleyways and doors that open on their own accord, Bhaagamathie opens in a once opulent house whose glory days are long over. Peeling paint on the decrepit walls only spotlights the portraits of the royal family that hang on them. Like everything in the house, they are old and dilapidated. But what explains the fact that the aristocratic faces on the posters have been scratched out, as IAS officer Chanchala discovers when she explores the house? The mystery of Bhaagamathie is compelling but there is more to the story.