Floyd Collins is based on the true story of a Kentucky caver who was trapped while exploring Sand Cave, and his ordeal from January 30 to February 16, 1925. Collins was a farmer in the Kentucky hills and an avid explorer who, in the winter of 1925, entered a cave that he hoped to turn into a tourist-driven goldmine. Instead, he became hopelessly trapped. Within days, his plight had triggered a gaudy media circus and quickly became a national obsession. The music of Floyd Collins sets the scene of raw human emotion that surrounds a cast of characters dealing with imminent tragedy.