Alice Goodwin (Weaver) is a school teacher in a small town with a loving family and friendly neighbors. One day she is caring for her children and the neighbor's kids. She momentarily loses sight of the neighbor's daughter who ends up drowning in the pond. Alice blames herself for the death and never emotionally recovers.
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One day the police come knocking on her door and try to question Alice; she is accused of assaulting one of her young students. The police arrest Alice and take her to prison where she waits through a lengthy trial. Alice actually enjoys being in jail because she is away from the townspeople who hate her for "killing" the neighbor girl and for "assaulting" the little boy. In prison she makes a few friends (her cellmate killed her own children) and enemies.
Meanwhile her husband has trouble raising the kids and running the farm: on his earnings alone they can't afford a very good lawyer. He eventually sells the farm to pay for the attorney. The husband moves to a small apartment with the two children, but he won't take them to jail to visit their mother. The family is torn apart through senseless tragedy and accusations.
The review of this Movie prepared by P Cohen