On the Sunday Sabbath, in the 17th century New England, the town of the Puritans were rather shocked to see their beloved Minister Mr. Hooper wearing a black veil. It was a piece of crape and covers everything but his mouth and chin.
The black veil brings out a fear in everyone at the congregation. Everybody feels as if Mr. Hooper can see all their sins and deep secrets. Though he wore it at a funeral which should've been okay, it was frightening. It is also viewed as an evil talisman when he wears it to a wedding.
Nobody is brave enough to confront Mr. Hooper about his black veil. However, his wife, Elizabeth, tries to talk to him and get him to remove the crape. He doesn't listen and give in thus breaking her heart. He claims it is something he is bound to wear. His wife leaves him. Mr. Hooper wears it for years after and it becomes a sign of comfort to those dying.
Mr. Hooper becomes knows as Father Hooper and serves until he is laying on his deathbed. Elizabeth returns along with Reverend Clark and they attempt to get him to remove the veil but to no avail. He then goes onto say that soon enough everybody will show their own black mask because everyone always hides a part of their true self.
Father Hooper falls on the bed with a small smile while surrounding people watch in horror.
Father Hooper is dead, lying in a coffin with the black veil still on his face.