After the shocking murders of her husband and son, a woman travels to Burma with her sister to find peace. There she witnesses protests against the government and the military’s violent response. When Burma enters into military lockdown, Laura loses her passport and is unable to leave the country. A professor helps her, but this makes her a target of the government as she attempts to reach the border and cross into Thailand.
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim’s families.
Exploration of the tradition of violence in the United States of America, drawing on the history of invading settlers and native peoples, frontier outlaws and modern-day murderers, racist violence, the urban underclass, and domestic abuse.