The story of a troubled teenage girl named Jessie, trapped by the conservative Baptist beliefs of her family and neighboring townspeople. Jessie hides her suffering with a litany of destructive behavior including liquor, drugs and kleptomania. In the wake of a drug and liquor fueled sexual encounter the unconscious Jessie wakes in the woods with no memory of what has just happened. In the days following Jessie is plagued by dreams in which God dictates that she is destined to carry the next Christ child. Soon after, Jessie discovers she is pregnant. Jessie's firm belief that she is carrying the next Christ child first enrages and then inspires her, and creates violent opposition from the conservative community.