Death had always been a serious matter until Vince Locker, a deadbeat dad and failed comedian with a philosophy degree, unexpectedly lands in a funeral home. Although beyond social norms, he seizes on a quick cash fix to meet his child support demands—comedic tributes for the dead.
The eulogies are hilarious and off the wall—sometimes disastrous and sometimes enlightening.
The tributes also bring to light a painful realization. Vince is in search of closure in his own life, something he was denied when his father mysteriously disappeared twenty years earlier.
Closure also seems unavailable to mortuary client, Riva O’Malley, a young, unclaimed, indigent murder victim. Vince is inexplicably drawn into O’Malley’s life and feels compelled to tell her story.
In pursuit of clues to O’Malley’s past, Vince is dragged into the dark underworld of the funeral industry, life insurance scams, savage politics, a kidnapping and threats against his daughter and ex-wife. In the end, the trail takes an unexpected turn that illuminates both his father’s disappearance and O’Malley’s tragic story. All the while, Vince harbors a dream that burns within, of making it big time as a comedian.