With wife Wendy & psychic son Danny in tow, frustrated writer Jack takes a job as the winter caretaker at the opulently ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. Before the Overlook is vacated for the Torrances, the manager informs Jack that a previous caretaker went crazy & slaughtered his family; Jack thinks it's no problem, but Danny's "shining" hints otherwise. Settling into their routine, Danny cruises through the empty corridors on his Big Wheel & plays in the topiary maze with Wendy, while Jack sets up shop in a cavernous lounge with strict orders not to be disturbed. Danny's alter ego, "Tony," however, starts warning of "redrum" as Danny is plagued by more blood-soaked visions of the past, & a blocked Jack starts visiting the hotel bar for a few visions of his own. Frightened by her husband's behavior & Danny's visit to the forbidding Room 237, Wendy soon discovers what Jack has really been doing in his study & what the hotel has done to Jack.