Forty years after escaping from the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has become an alcoholic. As a result, his shining ability isn't as strong as it was when he was younger. The Overlook was abandoned after the incident with Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson and Henry Thomas). Former Overlook caretaker Delbert Grady (Philip Stone) manipulated Jack into attempting to kill Danny and Wendy (Shelley Duvall and Alex Essoe). Meanwhile, an evil magician hat-wearing woman named Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her cult, the True Knot sense children who have the shining gift and capture them in order to consume their shining gifts, which appear in the form of steam. The children are killed in the process. Rose the Hat and her cultists are psychic vampires who seek to become immortals by consuming the steam. Members of the True Knot include Crow Daddy (Zahn McClarnon), Grampa Flick (Carel Struycken), Barry the Chunk, Apron Annie, Silent Sarey and others.
Rose the Hat captures a teenage girl named Snakebite Andi, who has the ability to control the minds of others. Snakebite Andi is turned into a psychic vampire and joins the True Knot. Meanwhile, Danny has been psychically communicating with a girl named Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran), who possesses a shining gift more powerful than Danny's. Dave Stone (Zackary Momoh) and his beautiful wife Lucy Stone (Jocelin Donahue) don't know what to make of Abra's powers, but they love her nonetheless. Rose senses Abra's power and enters her mind through astral projection, but Abra psychically casts Rose out of her mind. Abra asks Danny to help her against Rose. After Grampa Flick dies of starvation, Rose angrily plots with Crow Daddy to capture Abra and torture her for years so the True Knot can have a large, endless supply of steam to consume.
Danny is visited by the spirit of the late Overlook Hotel chef Hallorann (Scatman Crothers and Carl Lumbly), who taught Danny how to build special boxes in his mind in order to lock up the evil ghosts from the Overlook who still haunted Danny after his escape from the hotel. Hallorann tells Danny to protect Abra from the True Knot. Meanwhile, Lucy has temporarily left to visit her mother, leaving Abra with Dave. Danny and his friend Billy bring an astral projection image of Abra to a forest to lure Rose's cultists. The real Abra stays home with Dave by her side. Rose stays behind at her camp in order to psychically sense whether her cultists capture Abra. A gun battle erupts between Danny, Billy and the True Knot, resulting in the cultists being killed. Billy fatally shoots Snakebite Andi, but she uses her power and orders Billy to kill himself before she disappears. Dave is killed by Crow Daddy, who attempts to bring Abra to Rose. During the ride, Danny uses his power to cause Crow Daddy's van to crash into a tree, killing Crow Daddy.
A vengeful Rose the Hat takes her remaining steam canisters and consumes the steam, gaining more power. Danny reunites with Abra, and he tells her that Rose will keep coming after them. The only way to defeat Rose is to lure her to the Overlook Hotel, which is as dangerous for her as it is for Danny and Abra. With all of her followers dead, Rose is now obsessed with killing Abra and Danny, so she will not sense the dangerous evil force that lives in the Overlook Hotel. That evil force will not take kindly to a psychic vampire attempting to feed on Danny and Abra's shine, which the evil force also wants to feed on. After finding Dave dead, a horrified Lucy calls Abra, who says she is OK. Danny plans on getting Abra back to Lucy after they've killed Rose the Hat.
Abra Stone: You're magic. Like me.
Danny Torrance: You need to listen to me. The world's a hungry place. A dark place. I've only met two or three people like us. They died. When I was a kid, I bumped into these things. I don't know about magic. I, I always called it "the shining."
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