Have you ever had one of those days when you thought you were going insane? Emerson Rowley is having a week when he hopes he is. If he isn't going mad, reality has just taken a terrifying turn.
Offically, 21st century psychiatrist Emerson Rowley is sent to solve a mysterious rash of psychotic cases in a small Georgia hospital. He has no illusion that jealousy of his work with paranoids is behind his exile. Suitcase in hand, he walks into an alien world of revivals and decades old secrets.
Echoing the words of a paranoid patient, a revivalist preacher thunders at him "If the devil doesn't talk to you, you must be him!" This time there's no walking away from the words. Rowley steps out of the preacher's tent into life as a 1941 psychiatrist. Fearing/hoping he is having a psychotic episode, Rowley must appear normal as he works at the local asylum. Here the lobotomy knife hangs over his every move. If he's in a episode, he fears the illusion of the operation will leave him insane. If he isn't psychotic, he's delusional and the perfect candidate for the mind destorying operation.
The arrival of a new patient, a man the town believes to be the Prophet of God ends Rowley's choices. The man's father demands the hospital give his son a lobotomy. To free himself, Rowley must save his patient by breaking through the walls of secrecy to the real reason the Prophet's father wants his son's memory erased.
Slowly, the patient looked at Rowley. She spoke, "Don't think being a psychiatrist protects you. You could be on my side of the door tomorrow, or tonight."