Reverend Ernst Toller (Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York, preparing to celebrate its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church has diminished to a tourist attraction with a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church. When a pregnant parishioner (Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past until he finds redemption in an act of violence.

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