A town that loses its children loses its meaning.
A school bus accident in upstate New York turns an already depressed town upside down. The accident, as well as its aftermath, is described by four different characters:
- Dolores Driscoll--the squeaky clean bus driver who loves her job, would never put her charges in danger, and is one of the only survivors of the accident.
- Billy Ansel--the widower father whose twins who died in the crash and secret lover of the woman who owns the local motel.
- Mitchell Stevens--the lawyer from New York City who is trying to get the families on board for a big old lawsuit, while witnessing the town's grief. At the same time, he is struggling with his own family issues.
- Nichole Burnell--a now paralyzed survivor of the crash and a survivor of other horrible things as well. A legitimate lawsuit depends upon her testimony.
Bleak and compelling. The movie is just as good.