When her staid husband, a psychiatrist, takes a position at a high-security mental hospital in England, Stella Raphael becomes involved with a sculptor convicted of murdering his wife.
Stella Raphael (Richardson) is an unhappy woman who is forced to move with her son, Charlie (Lewis), to rural Yorkshire when her husband, Max (Bonneville), earns a post as deputy superintendent of a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane. Among the patients there is Edgar Stark (Csokas), a brooding sculptor who has been imprisoned for the brutal murder of his wife. When Stark gets a job working in the Raphaels' garden and conservatory, the attraction grows between Stella and him as Stark's doctor, Peter Cleave (Ian McKellen), Max's rival, watches closely, harboring his own ulterior motives. When Edgar escapes, Stella must decide whether to remain in her sedate life in Yorkshire or go after the dangerous man she has fallen in love with.