When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for Chapel of Ease, an off-Broadway musical, he’s immediately charmed by Ray Parrish, the show’s author and composer. As their friendship deepens, Matt learns that Ray’s folks call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the historical past of his remote hometown. However there may be one question in the show’s script that Ray refuses to answer: What’s buried within the ruins of the Chapel of Ease?
As opening night approaches, unusual things start to occur. A dreadlocked woman follows and spies on Ray. At the press preview, a strange Tufa girl warns him to cease the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.
Matt and the cast are distraught, however there is no question of shutting down, and the run quickly sells out. Matt volunteers to take Ray’s ashes back to Needsville, where he hopes to understand more concerning the play and uncover the secret that Ray took to his grave.
Matt’s journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to remain buried.