BASED ON TRUE EVENTS.
Set in 2005, ‘Cathedral Canyon’ is the story of a Phoenix area criminal/businessman, Ryan McBride, (Winsor Harmon) who has spent the last few years tiring of his main occupation as the go-between and facilitator for criminals and the City establishment. He desires to do something more with his life and like so many others at the time, sees the booming real estate market as his ticket out. To that end, even though people around him are threatened by his desire to move on, he leverages all he has and becomes a principal in the sort of crooked real estate deal that he normally merely brokers for the big-shots.
The construction is to be done by a polygamist offshoot Church whose members generate money for the Church by doing such construction jobs and giving all their earnings to the Church. Since the Church has no real labor overhead they are able to easily underbid all others and allow the City to skim the excess allocated funds to its’ heart’s content.
The City is happy to do business with them, as they believe that the polygamists, with their proclivity for forced underage brides, have as much to lose by public exposure as they do. It is an arrangement that has worked very well for both sides for years.
When McBride happens by accident upon a young girl from the cult, Ruthie, (Noelle Wheeler), a chain of events is set in motion that will change things for all of them forever.