For Sarah (Robin Tunney), moving to Los Angeles is just another chance to be an outsider. She is all alone among the tightly-knit student body of St. Benedict's Academy ... until she meets three young women who also have found themselves banished to the outermost reaches of high school's inevitable pecking order. Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell) and Rochelle (Rachel True) will never fit in with the "in" crowd. They barely fit in with each other. But together with Sarah, their outer and inner lives are about to change in ways they never suspected. They are about to learn that being an outsider has its own kind of power. They are about to learn The Craft.
Sarah, who displays a knack for "the craft" is recruited to join the secret circle formed by Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle, thus completing the four corners necessary for magic: north (earth), south (fire), east (air) and west (water). What begins as evocative but ineffective spells become, with the addition of their new member, a powerful new way to get what the girls had long been denied: attention, praise and love. When their spells magically and mysteriously begin to work, the coven of teenage witches are suddenly able to exact vengeance on classmates, parents and boyfriends.