Written by William Farmer.
Billionaire occultist Harlan Kendall uses his daughter, Rose, in an experiment to open a portal to a parallel dimension called "The Dreaming" and capture its ruler, Lord Morpheus. In the process, three items of power from Morpheus' office are scattered. The incident causes Rose to develop a telepathic link with Morpheus, who appears in her dreams, demanding to be released. He is kept in an underground chamber in Kendall's mansion and tortured for years.
In 1999, Rose is attacked by a homeless man yelling about "The Nightmare Man" and severely injured. She is rushed to the hospital, but dies on the operating table and is greeted by Morpheus' sister, Death. Before Rose leaves with Death, however, an angel arrives from the other world and revives her, taking away her nightmares. Meanwhile, at Kendall Manor, Morpheus is accidentally released when a construction crew finds the secret chamber. He is powerless and ends up being shot and taken to the same hospital as Rose. He senses her presence there and attempts to kill her, but is stopped by the angel, who reveals himself to be Morpheus' brother, The Corinthian. He has made a bet with their brother Lucifer that whoever finds the three icons first will win the Earth. If neither wins, Lucifer will destroy it. The three icons must be found before the Turn of the Millennium.
Morpheus and Rose join forces to retrieve the three icons before The Corinthian, and end up falling in love. After confronting The Corinthian in the dream world, where The Corinthian takes the form of a giant spider, Morpheus defeats him and salvages the three items, winning the bet against Lucifer. He claims Earth is under his protection and, to protect Rose, he wipes her mind of their encounter, making her believe it was all a dream. He then returns to the Dreaming to rebuilt it, always keeping an eye out for Rose, who moves on with her life.
>Johnny Depp as Morpheus.