Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the prying landlady inquires after Rynn's father, she politely claims that he's in the city on business. But when the landlady's creepy and increasingly persistent son, Frank, won't leave Rynn alone, she teams up with kindly neighbor boy Mario to maintain the dark family secret that she's been keeping to herself.
Early and controversial Jodie Foster vehicle that has her playing the titular “Little Girl” trying her best to survive in the (somewhat) fictional town of Wells Harbor, Maine. Wise beyond her years, Rynn’s plan can best be described as sounded-good-idea-on-paper, but quickly unravels when she found in the crosshairs of a local pervert, his nosy mother, a town policeman and his nephew (a polio ridden magician). The Halloween into Thanksgiving New England time frame enhances the seaside’s funereal atmosphere with a classical score and sharp, interesting dialog. A must for fans of ’70’s chillers and fans of unconventional suspense.