Athletic teen Marcie Haines, and twin brother Michael share an unconditional love, leaving mother Leonore feeling excluded from their intimate world.
On the way to Marcie’s selection race, Michael is hit by a car and killed. Marcie collapses, waking to find her home full of mourners observing ‘Nine Nights’ - a Caribbean mourning ritual to relinquish ties with the deceased. Grief stricken Leonore subsumes her emotions in a whirl of cooking, even as disbelieving Marcie recalls that when Michael hurt his leg, she "felt pain in her leg - the same leg!"
Leonore urges Marcie to join the ritual and let Michael go, but she’s adamant – her brother is still alive.
As the nights count down, and the house fills up, Marcie hears Michael's whispers, his footsteps behind her in the streets. Prodigal Aunt Sylvie arrives, and Marcie’s belief she has an ally, is dashed as Sylvie attempts to co-ordinate the funeral, only to be thwarted by an unforgiving Leonore.
Suddenly Marcie comes face to face with Michael- very much alive! Marcie’s apparent paranoia, is the catalyst that exposes and heals old wounds, ultimately enabling her to fulfill the hardest heartbreaking act- letting her brother rest in peace.