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In a small town in Western Massachusetts, the Lawrence family struggles with poverty, boredom and lost potential. Into this isolated town comes Ellen, a highly educated, wealthy and well-traveled young woman who wants to give back to her country through education. She starts teaching in the public high school where Billy and Rachel Lawrence go, and she develops an obsession with Billy’s intelligence, insight and potential. Her obsession and desire to lift Billy out of poverty tears the family apart.

Character Breakdown

Rachel (F, teens)
Billy (M, teens)
Martha (F, their mom)
Ellen Roberts (F, 20s-30s)
Louie (Martha's cousin)
Gloria (Louie's wife)
Herb (M, their dad)