Just before Jeff Timberlake’s mother dies, she hands him an envelope and instructs him to deliver it to an old friend in the town of Marlow, Missouri. This suits him fine because Marlow is on the way to St. Louis where he’s going to apply for a newsman job at a radio station.
When he hits the outskirts of Marlow he sees a billboard that reads…‘SUSIE McCORD DIED HERE’. The words pique his newsman’s interest. Is Susie McCord a celebrity? Is she someone he should know? He’s not sure, but one thing he is sure of, the town folks clam up when he starts asking questions about Susie. His journalistic nose tells him something raunchy is going on in the city of Marlow.
Will he get caught up in the politics of the small town or will he be able to find out the mystery behind the death of Susie McCord; a woman who only moments before he read the billboard he couldn’t have cared less about? Moreover, will his obsession of finding out what happened to Susie sidetrack him from delivering his mother’s envelope to the mysterious stranger?