In the world of newspapers, the morgue is the newspaper's library where old story clippings are filed away. Dolly Madison Sprowls, a.k.a. "Morgue Mama", has been in charge of The Hannawa Herald-Union's morgue for more than 40 years and her world is turned upside-down when the paper hires 24-year-old Aubrey McGinty for the police beat. Aubrey questions the conviction of Sissy James for the murder of a TV evangelist. Sissy confessed to the murder and the evidence against him is overwhelming but the young reporter does not believe he did it. Aubrey enlists Maddy's help and together they embark on a harrowing search for the truth.