Can a girl find romance with a guy who has just buried the love of his life' Carys Reitman (Bijou Phillips) is a young woman who has a hard time connecting with other people, despite her friendly and accepting nature. Carys' problem might have something to do with one of her hobbies -- she likes to attend funerals for people she's never met, something she's done often enough that one of her best friends is a funeral director, Shane (Danny Masterson). One day, Carys is once again paying her respects when she meets Tyler (Ian Somerhalder), a handsome and charming man who was engaged to marry the deceased. Carys finds herself attracted to Tyler and thinks she may have finally found the man who can help her get over her anxieties about others, even though Shane and Lila (Marguerite Moreau), Carys' roommate, are certain pursuing him is a bad idea. As Carys dares to open her heart to Tyler, she also tries to mend her broken relationship with her mother (Jane Seymour). WAKE was the opening night feature at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival.