Tom and Mae Garvey (Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek) are struggling to keep their homestead safe from the local power authority who wants to flood their land. When Mae's former beau, John Wade (Scott Glenn), turns out to be in charge of the plan to acquire the property, tensions run high, climaxing in a devastating confrontation on the flooded river banks.
A story of hard working country folk struggling to meet payments. Pitting their lives against a wealthy businessman. The pace is glacial, the plot telescoped and the excitement nil. If you are not careful you will fall asleep.