Tired of touring the provinces, British stage legend Fanny Kemble (Jane Seymour) accepts the proposal of Pierce Butler (Keith Carradine), a dashing American plantation owner. Ingenuous Fanny doesn't mind abandoning her career but balks at betraying her principles. Unfortunately, gallant Pierce has lied about freeing his slaves. When they settle in Georgia in 1846, headstrong Fanny crosses Pierce by improving the servants' medical treatment. Although Pierce tries to keep her barefoot and pregnant, Fanny becomes a patron saint to his human "property." Not content to defy Pierce's stern overseer, she keeps company with a local abolitionist, Dr.Huston (James Keach), who ...