In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their farm. As Inman makes his perilous journey home, Ada struggles to keep their home intact with the assistance of Ruby, a mysterious drifter sent to help her by a kindly neighbor.
- Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
- Studio: Miramax, Mirage Enterprises, Castel Film, Bona Fide Productions, Cattleya
- Keyword: loss of loved one, desertion, love of one's life, rape attempt, early america
- Cast: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman