A young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita; and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. Their relationship, inevitably, spelt tragedy, but not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the identity of the murderer revealed.
A powerful and compelling play, which had the unique distinction of receiving both Off-Broadway and repertory productions prior to its critically hailed Broadway presentation. "…an absolutely fascinating play…one of the best first plays I have seen in a long time. It got to me, and I cried." —NY Times. "…his story of repressed passions flames up with scorching intensity." —Cue Magazine. "…a new, serious, well-made, and continuously interesting American play…" —The New Yorker.