"Running from mistakes in his past, a man finds a secret book with ancient powers – a tool that can give him the answers he seeks. But a dark force has been awoken, one that will stop at nothing to reclaim the sacred text. When the book is stolen, an age-old battle resumes. But [the man's] teacher, a 'Wayshower,' can only show him the path to victory, for he must win this epic battle on his own."

So describes John-Roger and Jsu Garcia's The Wayshower, a spiritual thriller slated for wide release in March 2012 that will make its Bay Area debut on Wednesday night at the Castro Theatre. John-Roger, the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 books including last year's Living the Spiritual Principles of Health and Well-Being, and Garcia, who starred in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, will co-host the 7:30 p.m. sneak preview and answer audience questions afterward.

Also in attendance: onetime Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland and Emmy winner Leigh Taylor-Young, who, among others scheduled to appear Wednesday at the Castro, star opposite Peter Stormare and Eric Roberts in this story of a near-mythic quest for enlightenment. Advance tickets are required but free. To get them, simply follow any of these three steps (because following all of them would totally be overkill).

1. E-mail thewayshowermovie@gmail.com. Provide your full name and the number of tickets you'd like.

2. Phone (323) 328-1927. Provide your full name and the number of tickets you'd like, as well as a valid e-mail address.

3. Send a Facebook message. Contact Zoe Golightly with your full name and the number of tickets you'd like, as well as a valid e-mail address.