"Lament" is a drama about an ensemble cast of characters whose lives are thrown into flux after their Pastor begins to question an ideology that they had taken for granted. The church is divided over these questions and their reaction exposes the dark underbelly of the community. By the following Sunday, no one is left unscathed.
Prologue - The pastor's son, 14-year-old Luke, stands in the alley behind his parents' home with a deck of cards at his feet which feature naked women on them. He proceeds to douse them with lighter fluid and light them on fire. Fire spreads and soon his parents' fence is ablaze. Luke watches in horror for a moment then flees down the alley filled with guilt for the sins that seem to be piling up.
Sunday - The congregation fills the pews as the worship band finishes its final song. Pastor Tom steps up to the pulpit and gives his sermon, but while doing so he notices two women sitting in the front row, holding hands. This expression of gay love in the church stops Tom in his tracks until he realizes he has just imagined the couple sitting there. Rattled by the vision, he stumbles through to the end of his sermon and dismisses the congregation.
Monday - Tom wakes early in the morning, still thinking about the vision he had the day before and decides to go see his sister and her fiancé, whom it is revealed to the audience are the women from the vision. He asks them why they haven’t asked him to officiate their wedding and they explain that it is because the church would not allow him and they thought he did not support their union. He arrives home that night having witnessed the life this loving couple is building together and begins drafting an email to the elders of the church with his questions about their stance on gay marriage. That night, the church youth, including the young arsonist Luke and his teenage crush, seventeen-year-old Taylor are having bible study. It is afterwards that Luke overhears Taylor and the twenty-nine-year-old married youth pastor, Nathan, having sex in the storage room.
Tuesday - Tom is at the church performing his pastoral duties when Ed, an elder of the church and father to Taylor, arrives wanting to discuss the email Tom sent out the night before. Ed informs him, “as a friend”, to send out a retraction or risk losing his job. That night, Tom returns home, convinced that he has done the wrong thing but finds his wife waiting for him, proud of the action he has taken by sending the email. Meanwhile, Ed goes alone to the hospital to be with his sick wife, while his daughter is off with Nathan trying to avoid the reality of her mother's situation.
Wednesday - Tom is at the church that morning when a church member named Greg arrives to speak with him. Greg reminds Tom that several years earlier he had confided in him that he was gay and Tom counselled him to be straight. Now married and with children, Greg is appalled by the fact that Tom could change his mind on this issue and vows to see him removed from the church. Tom has no response as Greg leaves him standing in the centre of the sanctuary.
That night is the Community Dinner, a monthly event for the church where they open their doors and serve a meal to anyone who wants to attend, but this month many of the church members aren't showing up because of Pastor Tom’s email. The event goes on anyway, but during the evening Luke almost gives away his newly discovered secret while Tom and Ed get into a very public fight about homosexuality. That night our characters all go to bed, some more easily than others. This includes Nathan and his wife Kim who is starting to grow suspicious of her husband.
Thursday - Wanting to find out what Luke knows about the affair, Nathan shows up at his school and offers to take him out for lunch. It's there that he learns Luke knows everything. Turning on the boy, Nathan attempts to emotionally manipulate Luke using the porn addiction and other "sins" Luke had previously confided to him.
That night Luke doesn't want to go to the youth event at the roller rink but he can't tell anyone why and so Tom drops him off. Tom then heads to the hospital for a visit with Ed’s wife, and to apologize to Ed for the argument they had. When Tom arrives he finds a hostile Ed who exclaims that he will not have someone who condones an abomination like homosexuality praying with his sick wife. Tom is broken-hearted as he picks up his son who is also distraught after he let his anger get the best of him and attacked Nathan in the centre of the roller rink. It is on that ride home that they finally open up to each other and begin a dialogue about what they are going through.
Friday - Nathan wakes up in both physical and emotional pain. The night before he had hurt his arm when Luke tripped him, but Kim had also accused him of having an affair with Taylor and forced him to sleep in the living room. Now he awakens to find his wife has left early. Meanwhile, Tom has arrived at church to find the Elders have called an emergency meeting. Finally seeing the institution he has dedicated his life to for what it is, he hands in his resignation. That night, Ed and Taylor intend to go to the hospital together but she blows him off when Nathan asks her to meet. However, at this rendezvous, Nathan breaks up with her and then proceeds to shame and manipulate her into silence.
Later on, Ed is alone at the hospital, Tom and his family are sharing a meal with her sister and fiance, and Nathan has come home to Kim and convinced her of his innocence. Meanwhile, Taylor arrives home alone, completely broken, and begins to take her Mother's leftover medication. Ed arrives home shortly after and finds his daughter unconscious on her bed.
Saturday - Tom and his son are playing basketball in the driveway when Tom's wife tells them the news of the attempted suicide. Upon hearing about Taylor, an angry Luke rides his bike to Nathan's house and confronts him. While Luke yells at Nathan from their front lawn, Kim realizes Nathan is guilty of the affair and Taylor's current condition, and kicks him out of her home for good. Meanwhile, Tom goes to the hospital to offer Ed his support and now, completely broken, he accepts.
Sunday - With no pastors to lead the service, a divided congregation fills the pews, but the pulpit remains empty. Elsewhere: Kim sits at her breakfast table,Ed and a recovering Taylor sit together at the bedside of their dying mother/wife, Nathan sits alone in a hotel room, and Tom begins to rebuild the fence with the help of his whole family.