E.F. Bloodworth (Kristofferson) abandoned his family forty years ago, dooming those he left behind. His wife (Conroy) has withered from sorrow and is now slipping into dementia. Fate has not spared any of his sons: Warren (Kilmer), is a womanizing alcoholic, Brady (Brown), exists at the edge of lunacy putting hexes on his enemies, and Boyd (Yoakam) is consumed with jealous rage in his hunt for his wife and her new lover. With his time on earth fading, E.F. returns home to face the wreckage of his past. It is only through the relationship that develops between E.F. and the grandson he has never known, Fleming (Thompson) that he has any hope of redemption. The boy and the old man are truly reflections of one another. What sets the boyapart is that he recognizes the poison that has been passed down through the generations. During the upheaval created by his grandfather’s return, Fleming meets Raven Lee Halfacre (Duff), the bastard daughter of a prostitute. The teenagers are kindred spirits and for the first time in either’s life, feel the limitless possibilities of unconditional love. The only question is, will they fall victim to the generational fate of their respective families.