During the Civil War a wounded union soldier (Clint Eastwood) is sheltered by the headmistress
(Geraldine Page) and students of a girls' academy in the South. As his health returns his desire
increases, but can he trust these enemy women not to turn him in? He takes his chances but soon realizes
that his benefactress can't be trusted...with his love or with his life! His lustful ambition turns quickly
against him and the story follows him through a series of nerve-shattering events, including realistic scenes
that are among the boldest, most shocking ever witnessed on film.