Date(s) - 11/17/2013
THE DIVINERS is a traditional story about traditional people, with a hint of magical realism. It is set in Zion, Indiana during the time of the Great Depression. Buddy Layman is a mentally-challenged boy that brings joy and hope to most people he meets. When the boy was very young, he almost drowned. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. One day a stranger named C.C. Showers passes through Zion looking for work and food. C.C. takes an immediate liking to Buddy and vice versa. The two become close friends and C.C. soon finds himself as Buddy’s mentor. C.C., set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best, and instead works as a mechanic for Buddy’s father, Ferris. The town doesn’t have a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade Buddy to wash. C.C.’s relationship with the people of the town changes drastically when they learn that he was a former preacher who has given up preaching. That knowledge changes everything and brings about a crisis that leads to a horrible tragedy.