The film, starring Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer, Sam Worthington, Rhada Mitchell, and Grammy Award-winner Tim McGraw, follows the Phillips family, a wholesome bunch of five, whose world is suddenly rocked by tragedy when their youngest daughter, Missy, goes missing during a family fishing trip.
When the hope of finding Missy is completely lost, family patriarch Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) — who is a skeptic when it comes to faith in Christ, especially since Missy went missing — receives a cryptic letter asking that he revisit the abandoned shack where the bloody garments of his daughter were found during the search.
There he encounters a suspicious man in the woods who welcomes him to visit a friend whom he says has been waiting for him. The two magically cross from a snowy, frozen winter into an ethereal, paradise-like new world.
After he enters an inviting, country-like home, a woman introduces herself as God (Octavia Spencer), the friendly man as Jesus (Avraham Aviv Alush), and a young woman as the Spirit (Sumire Matsubara). This is the beginning of a mind-bending journey for Mack who doesn’t really have faith, but believes that he himself is dead and has somehow crossed over.