Jack Torrance is a temperamental alcoholic and aspiring writer. He is trying to rebuild his life after previously breaking his son Danny's arm in a drunken rage and assaulting a pupil at a Vermontprep school where he was a teacher. After losing his teaching position and giving up drinking, Jack accepts a job as a winter caretaker at the large, isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado to rebuild hislife with his family and write a new play. Jack, his wife Wendy, and the clairvoyant Danny move into the Overlook.
Danny's clairvoyance makes him sensitive to supernatural forces. Shortly after thefamily's initial arrival at the hotel, Danny and the hotel chef, Dick Hallorann, talk privately to discuss Danny's talent and the hotel's sinister nature. Dick informs Danny that he shares Danny'sabilities (though to a lesser degree), as did Dick's grandmother, who called it "shining". Dick warns Danny to avoid Room 217, and reassures him that the things he may see are merely pictures whichcannot harm him. The conversation ends with Dick saying to Danny, "If there is trouble...you give a shout."
The hotel has a personality in its own right, and acts as a psychic lens: it manipulates theliving and the dead for its own purposes, and magnifies the psychic powers of any living people who reside there and makes them more sensitive to its urgings. Danny has premonitions of the hotel'sdanger to his family and begins seeing ghosts and frightening visions from the hotel's past, but puts up with them in the hope that they are not dangerous in the present. Although Danny is close to hisfather, he does not tell either of his parents about his visions because he senses that the care-taking job is important to his father and the family's future. Wendy thinks about taking Danny away fromthe Overlook to leave Jack there to finish the job on his own, but Danny refuses, thinking his father will be happier if they stayed. Danny soon realizes that his presence in the hotel makes it more...
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