Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) delivers a stunning performance as Anna, a young woman in the 1950s obsessed with mental health. When her brother returns home from the war changed and depressed and her gangster boyfriend, Billy (Meat Loaf Aday) kills someone in front of her, it becomes more than she can take and she looks for a way to relieve her pain. She becomes convinced that the only way she can be happy is by having a transorbital lobotomy, the latest technique in brain surgery. Billy hires Tom, a sympathetic Korean War vet to pose as doctor and dissuade her from getting a lobotomy. An attraction between the two develops and eventually she becomes caught between these two men who must then decide her fate.