In the untamed wilderness along Alaska's coast, feelings and fortunes change as quickly as the tides in this "haunting and hypnotic thriller" (Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE) from critically acclaimed director John Sayles. Traumatized by a boat accident at sea many years before, Joe Gastineau (David Strathairn) has given up his hopes for a life beyond the odd jobs he takes to support himself. That quickly changes when Donna deAngelo (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), bar singer and nomad, and her troubled teenage daughter, Noelle, enter Joe's life. Both mother and daughter fall for Joe, increasing the already-present friction between them. The tension continues to build when Joe captains his ship on a mysterious sea voyage up the Alaskan coast, only discovering, after it's too late, that the trip may end up costing them their lives.