The novel that millions of readers took to their hearts is a stirring film. Laconic drifter Will Parker (Christopher Reeve) is an ex-con trying to do right in rural Georgia, 1941. Reclusive homesteader Elly sees the good in Will. The two marry and start a new life. But before long, trouble erupts. When a local is found dead, Will is the first suspect. The sordid secrets of an entire town are exposed in this passionate drama that leaves no viewer untouched.