To the students of the Spenser Academy, the Sons of Ipswich are the baddest boys on campus. But that's not all they share. The four friends also share a 300-year-old secret: they're warlocks, the teenage descendants of a 17th-century coven of witches. So when the long-banished fifth son suddenly appears and threatens to kill their loved ones, they realize they must face their enemy in order to prevent him from stealing their powers and shattering the covenant forever.Edit


In 1692 in the Ipswich Colony in Massachusetts, five families with magical abilities, referred to as "the Power", formed a covenant of silence to protect themselves from persecution. Four of the five bloodlines (Danvers, Parry, Garwin, and Simms) survive to this day; one family (the Putnams), lusting for more power, were banished, their bloodline disappearing without a trace until now.Edit
The Covenant tells the story of the Sons of Ipswich, four young students at the elite Spencer Academy who are bound by their sacred ancestry. As descendants of the original families that settled in Ipswich Colony in the 17th century, the boys have all been given amazing supernatural powers. But their ability to shape-shift, defy gravity and perform superhuman feats of strength comes at a terrible cost: every time one of the Sons of Ipswich uses his magical powers, he ages prematurely, and the temptation to abuse the power makes it more addictive than any drug. What's more, life is only going to get harder for the young friends; they are given a taste of the Power at age thirteen. Then at the moment each boy turns eighteen, he will "Ascend", gaining far more potent —and addictive— powers.Edit
As the new school year begins at Spencer Academy, students have gathered for a wild outdoor party to mark the end of summer. Hundreds of feet above the gyrating bodies, Caleb Danvers (Steven Strait) and his three best friends, Pogue Parry (Taylor Kitsch), Reid Garwin (Toby Hemingway) and Tyler Simms (Chace Crawford) walk to the edge of a dizzying precipice and drop unseen and unscathed before casually joining the fray. At the party, newcomer Sarah Wenham (Laura Ramsey), a former Boston public-school student, is introduced to the boys by her roommate Kate (Jessica Lucas), Pogue's girlfriend. The girls also meet an intriguing transfer student named Chase Collins (Sebastian Stan), who quickly ingratiates himself into the group.Edit
When the police arrive to disperse the partiers, Caleb and his friends evade the authorities by driving off a cliff and using their Powers to land safely. Returning home, Caleb comes across his mother Evelyn (Wendy Crewson) drinking in the living room. With Caleb's birthday just a few days away, his mother is terrified her son will find it impossible to resist the lure of the Power like his father before him. Caleb assures her he'll be able to handle his new abilities.Edit
Back at the party site, the police discover the body of a student, dead of an apparent drug overdose. Meanwhile, Kate and Sarah talk about Caleb and his friends while they get ready for bed. Kate tells Sarah that the Sons of Ipswich are descended from the five founding families. When Sarah asks about the fifth family, Kate explains that the fifth family was killed during the Salem Witch Trials. Sarah then takes a shower but can't shake the creepy feeling that someone — or something — is watching her every move. A light bulb breaks and an apparition appears behind her. She runs into Reid in the hall and they investigate the showers together. After confirming there is no one else in the bathroom, Sarah heads back to her dorm, clearly shaken up.Edit
As time passes, Caleb and Sarah grow closer while Pogue and Kate's relationship becomes strained due to Kate's new friendship with Chase Collins. At the same time, strange things begin happening to Caleb. He is confronted by a spectral image of the dead student, an entity he refers to as a Darkling, which can only be summoned by someone who possesses the Power. He also senses that one of the other Sons of Ipswich is using their Powers, casting spells so powerful that they're waking Caleb in the middle of the night. Pogue suggests that it is Reid misusing his Powers because he is jealous of Caleb for Ascending first. At a diner, Caleb and Reid get into a fight and Caleb confronts him about using his Powers, which Reid denies doing. Things are further complicated when the school headmaster (Kenneth Welsh) suspects Caleb and his friends are somehow involved in the death of the student at the outdoor party.Edit
During a swim race, Caleb notices Chase's eyes blacken —a clear sign that he's using magic— and becomes so shocked he slams his head into the pool wall, knocking himself unconscious for a few moments. Letting the rest of the Covenant know of his discovery, Caleb and Pogue search for Chase's files in the school offices, only to find that Chase was in fact adopted. His birth name is revealed to be Chase Goodwin Pope and his adoptive parents, the Collins, were apparently killed in a car accident on his eighteenth birthday. As they leave, Caleb remembers reading about a woman named Agnes Goodwin Pope - aka Goody Pope - in the Book of Damnation, an ancient tome shared by the founding families. Meanwhile, Sarah returns to her dorm room to find a note from Kate saying she went to the school infirmary. It turns out that Kate was bitten all over by spiders, which relates to a spell that only the Covenant knows of.Edit
Caleb and Pogue meet Reid and Tyler at a crypt where the book is kept and Caleb explains the significance of their discovery. He reminds them that John Putnam was the last member of the fifth family, executed during the Salem Witch Trials. One of the people who brought charges against him was a widow named Goody Pope, who claimed "that John Putnam came to her as an incubus in her dreams - after she was widowed." Caleb then reveals that her son Hagan Pope was born 10 months and 24 days after the death of her husband Jacob Pope, which means that Hagan Pope was actually the bastard son of John Putnam. As Hagan Pope and John Putnam's descendent, Chase is one of the Sons of Ipswich.Edit
Pogue hears of Kate's illness and rushes to confront Chase, who hospitalizes him after revealing he only hurt Kate to get at Pogue, whom Chase wishes to use to get at Caleb. Chase and Caleb meet at Sarah's dorm room and Chase reveals that he wants more Power, having already stolen his father's share after becoming addicted to it. Chase threatens to kill everyone Caleb ever loved if he refuses to will his Power to Chase right after he Ascends. After the confrontation, Caleb tells Sarah everything about his family, how the Power is passed on to the firstborn son of each generation and how addictive the Power becomes once they Ascend. When Sarah suggests that someone else lend Caleb their Power so he can fight Chase, Caleb says that he won't allow that because, upon Ascension, the Power becomes a person's life and anyone who wills their Power away will die.Edit
On the night of Caleb's birthday, Chase kidnaps Sarah and confronts Caleb at the old Putnam Barn. After Caleb Ascends, he and Chase face off in a duel of magic while Sarah's life hangs in the balance. The two throw Power against each other until the barn catches fire. When Caleb's father wills his Power to Caleb at the cost of his own life, Caleb uses the Power to send Chase into a portal. Once the fight is over, Caleb carries an unconscious Sarah outside of the barn and places her on a cart, where she comes to, and Pogue and Kate revive at the hospital. The barn burns down and no trace of Chase can be found anywhere, even though the firefighters have searched the whole area. Wondering where Chase has disappeared to, Caleb and Sarah drive away from the burnt remains of the barn.Edit



Despite the popular misconception, The Covenant is not based on a comic-book title nor any other book. The confusion comes from the fact that Sony had a comic-book of the same name created for the purposes of promoting the movie written by Aron Coleite. Neither the authors of the comic-book miniseries nor Top Cow Comics is mentioned in the movies’ credit sequences, so the comic-book miniseries is not regarded as source material by the makers of this movie.Edit