As a scandal threatens to rock the very foundation of Wilby island, Duck MacDonald (Callum Keith Rennie), the town's dyslexic sign-painter, keeps interrupting the depressed video store owner Dan Jarvis (James Allodi) during his half-hearted suicide attempts. Meanwhile, Dan has enlisted the blindly-ambitious real estate agent, Carol French (Sandra Oh), to sell his house in an effort to quickly tie up the last of his loose ends. Carol however is more interested in selling her recently deceased mother-in-law's house to Mayor Brent Fisher (Maury Chaykin), in order to get on-side with the in-crowd.
To take her social step up, Carol could use the help of her police officer husband Buddy (Paul Gross), but Buddy has his hands full with perennially-sexy, wrong-side-of-the-tracks Sandra Anderson (Rebecca Jenkins), who can never decide if she is coming or going. Sandra's daughter Emily (Ellen Page), is none too thrilled about her mother repeating her typical pattern of married men and bad reputation, but Emily herself is just about to have her heart broken for the very first time. Of course, everyone's concerns are going to be very different tonight when someone finds the body in the closet. Welcome to Wilby.