High school teacher and mayor Peter Suvak is a pillar of the community in Clear River, Canada. But his popularity is tested when Kate McKinnon, the mother of one of his students, discovers that he is filling his students' heads with blatant racism. Disturbed by Suvak's twisted interpretation of history and current events, McKinnon undertakes a campaign and Suvak loses his teacher's position, Still Mayor, however, Suvak retains considerable power and nearly runs McKinnon out of town. Then, the Canadian government steps in and takes Suvak to court. The controversial courtroom drama puts the children of Clear River on the stand and the Canadian constitution to the test.