In a small French town, Leonie is intrigued by a withdrawn Englishman who calls himself Patrice. He lives in a house inherited from his grandmother. He has no wife, no child, and refuses ever to get inside a car.
Patrice tells Leonie little about his past, but she's certain her love will heal his emotional scars.
Too late, she discovers that, five years before, Patrice was living in Brighton. He was called Patrick, and he had a wife and son. Until, one hot summer day, a moment of fatal forgetfulness changed his life forever.
It’s 1978 and Johanna loves her adventurous new husband, Kurt, with all of her young, naive heart. She'll follow him anywhere—even far from their home in Germany to a small mining town deep in the Australian bush. Traveling across rocky seas, Kurt begins to unravel, revealing his true, disturbing personality.
Alone and isolated from friends and family, Johanna struggles to navigate her husband's increasingly violent temper and manipulative behavior. Exploited to help him dig in the mines for the legendary black opal, Johanna faces a miserable life, filled with fear and abuse. Her fate seems sealed—unless she kills him first.
When Richard Bergman buys the property next to the Bishop’s land, he finds out Lillian is trying to flee from her polygamist older husband. Richard wants to help, but he knows that Section 132 is the covenant of plural marriage dictated by the Mormon Church. Should Richard get involved to save Lillian from her life as a child bride, or should he respect the law and swallow his personal morality?