Merle, a small-town simpleton still grieving over the loss of his mother, fills his days with a strange hobby: crashing strangers’ funerals. Most people look past the oddball behavior, but he picks the wrong wake to attend. It seems the death of a teenage boy is the unseen line he shouldn’t have crossed.
Working at a funeral home run by pragmatic businessman Lew, Merle tries to get him to sell his homemade casket. The death of another teenage boy, though, puts Merle’s project in between a grieving mother, a disgusted father, and an irate boss. And if things weren’t already charged enough, it turns out there's more to the stories of these two dead boys, forcing him to make a critical decision about the casket. The choice he makes surprises everyone.