The young and innocent Susannah lives with her brother in a small town in the American Appalachia. One fateful day, men from her church happen to spot her bathing in a stream and begin to spread vicious rumors about her. As the gossip circulates, the community turns their back on Susannah, forcing her to choose between conformity and isolation. But Susannah won't be made a victim forever. She refuses to give a false confession, inflaming the town around her with tragic, life-altering consequences. Set to a rich score, this classic American opera offers a powerful indictment of religious and social hypocrisy.