Isabelle Fuhrman plays artist Esther
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Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John Coleman (Peter Sarsgaard) are experiencing strains in their marriage after Kate's third child was stillborn. The loss is particularly hard on Kate, who is still recovering from a drinking habit that cost her job. While visiting the local orphanage, they decide to adopt Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), a 9-year-old Russian girl. While Kate and John's daughter Maxine (Aryana Engineer), who is deaf and communicates with sign language, embraces Esther almost immediately, their son Daniel (Jimmy Bennett) is somewhat less welcoming.
Not long after Esther arrives, she pushes a schoolmate, who had picked on her, off a playground slide, breaking her ankle. Max saw Esther shove the girl, but covers for Esther by saying that the girl "slipped." At dinner Daniel is mad and annoyed at Esther, and lets it be known he doesn't consider her to be his sister.
Kate is further alarmed when Sister Abigail (CCH Pounder), the head of the orphanage, warns her and John about Esther's tendency to be involved in troublesome situations. Esther overhears this and later kills Sister Abigail by bludgeoning her with a hammer. She forces Max to help her hide the body and the hammer. Daniel sees Esther and Max descending from his treehouse from behind a rock, not knowing they hid the hammer there. Later that night, Esther threatens to cut Daniel's "...hairless little prick off..." if he tells anyone what he saw.
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