Living in the shadow of his famous father --- a megachurch pastor and televangelist --- Paul Hudson takes his first pastorate in a small California town. He and his wife, Eunice, arrive to discover a church pretty much on its last legs. Paul begins a campaign to turn things around, and over the years he manages to add numbers to the congregation and dollars to the coffers. Eventually, the congregation outgrows its building and its budget, adding debt to the spiritual burden many members are already carrying.
Meanwhile, Paul's ego has outgrown his devotion to God. Disgusted with him --- and plagued by his attra