Jason Smith returns to his hometown of New Hope, Maine, in an attempt to discover the truth behind his mother's death. He encounters either a wall of silence or a confusion of lies. The local priest cannot remember Jason's family one minute, and can recall them without difficulty the next. Some say Jason's mother was murdered by his father, Albert, others that she died in a boating accident, or perished from pneumonia. When Jason tries to find out what the villagers are hiding from him, he finds his own life endangered.