The Nowaks were always rock-solid members of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1943, Clara's father had a vision about the Virgin Mary preaching world peace. To commemorate this vision, he built a twenty-foot shrine of the Blessed Mother and erected it in front of his barbershop. Literally keeping the faith all these years, Clara has maintained the statue, despite the deterioration of their neighborhood. Now, her daughter has stopped going to mass, her son is dating a Jewish girl, and a revealed deathbed confession is unraveling the family legend with unexpectedly hilarious results.