Plot[ edit ] In the town of Ipswich, four popular teenage boys — Caleb, Pogue, Reid, and Tyler, collectively known as the "Sons of Ipswich" — are descendants of colonial witch families, and possess magical powers. Upon reaching age 18, they will "ascend", and their magic will become vastly more powerful. In return, it will also bind to their lifespan, and usage increases their rate of aging. The Sons, well versed in those facts, remain mostly carefree.
Only Caleb — the closest to his eighteenth birthday — exercises caution. At a local beach party, they meet new transfer students Sarah and Chase. Supernatural occurrences of unknown source begin happening, unsettling Caleb. He suspects Reid, the most reckless of the four, to be the culprit; Reid angrily denies involvement.
Though Sarah receives the brunt of paranormal harassment, Caleb and later Pogue see a "darkling," a dead spirit and malicious omen. Meanwhile, Caleb and Sarah quickly become romantically close. During a swim race, Caleb notices Chase, who had befriended the group, displaying magic usage.
After researching, Caleb concludes that Chase belongs to a fifth family, one believed long extinct, and that he is the true perpetrator. As the Sons discuss this revelation, Pogue learns that his girlfriend was rendered comatose by a spell. Enraged, he hastily challenges Chase, who swiftly hospitalizes him. Caleb visits Sarah only to fall into Chase's trap. After locating his biological father, he learned of the price for ascension; but it was too late and he has become too addicted to using magic.
His biological father then transferred power to him. Chase wants to force other "ascended" witches to transfer power to him as well, starting with Caleb.
Despite Caleb's warning that having more power does not save him from aging to death, Chase ignores him. Before leaving, Chase threatens harm on Caleb's family and friends if he does not get what he wants. Caleb reveals the truth to Sarah and takes her to his father, a man of forty-four years with a decrepit old body, exhausted from magic abuse. When Sarah suggests that one of the other three transfer their power to Caleb so he could evenly match Chase, Caleb immediately refuses, explaining that doing so will cost them their lives.
However, Chase easily kidnaps Sarah. At an old barn, the two confront each other. Chase reveals a spellbound Sarah and gives Caleb an ultimatum of his life for hers. They duel and Caleb is clearly outmatched.
At the exact minute of his birth, he ascends, and his power fully matures, which allows him to mount an offensive. However, as Chase has more than one magical share, he still proves superior and the temporary turn of tide does not last long. Back at home, Evelyn, Caleb's mother, begs her husband to save Caleb. He sacrifices himself and transfers his power remotely to his son.
Sarah, Kate, and Pogue awaken, freed from their curses. Firefighters arrive on the scene. He reassuringly holds her hand, and they drive off. Cast[ edit ] Steven Strait as Caleb Danvers - the main protagonist; one of the four Sons of Ipswich, he attends Spenser Academy along with the other Sons and is the oldest and most responsible of the four. He is very cautious about using the Power, due to the effect its had on his father, and is the first to ascend.
He is later revealed to be the last of the Sons of Ipswich as well as being the one behind the supernatural occurrences, and is the film's main antagonist. She is the only one outside the Covenant who learns about the boys' secret. Kyle Schmid as Aaron Abbot - A pompous student and jock.
Wendy Crewson as Evelyn Danvers - Caleb's alcoholic mother who worries about her son ascending and becoming like his father.