Based on the real legend of the "miraculous stairway at the sisters of Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Maxico. The Staircase is an inspirational, life-affirming drama of hope and faith. Mother Madalyn's (Barbara Hershey) last wish is that her beloved but unfinished chapel will be completed. Sister Margaret (diane Ladd) would do anything to make Mother Madalyn's wish a reality, but the project seemshopeless. When the local carpenters built the chapel, they neglected to erect stairs up to the choir loft, and due to the confines of the chapel's construction, adding a staircase is now impossible. The arrival of Joad (William Petersen), a mysterious stranger, may be the asnwer of Mother Madlyn's prayers, but Joad faces overwhelming odds. The task defies the laws of architectures and the town's corrupt businessmen want to ensure that the staircase is never completed. Compassion and hard work may not be enough to make Mother Madalyns dream come true - it's going to take a special kind of miracle.