Where hope ends, love begins.
Skylar Ford (Sean Johnson) is an aspiring writer with too much weight on his young shoulders. Bogged down by family responsibilities and career setbacks, Skylar searches for a balance between helping his mother (Alethea Bailey) take care of his sister Hannah (Adriana Ford), who suffers from sickle cell anemia, and finding a publishing house that will accept his work.
While Skylar attempts to hold the family together, a surprise visit from an unwelcome guest and a frightening event at Hannah's birthday party sends their feelings reeling. With the family's very foundation and faith tested to their limits, Skylar's dream now appears beyond reach. Based on a true story, Down by the River earned the Dove Foundation's highest honor of five doves.