It's the 1970s. A political radical, Hannah has fled America for West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband, a government minister, become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the U.S. in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison. And it is Hannah who eventually organizes and participates in his escape. Years later, when Taylor returns to Liberia to foment a bloody rebellion, Hannah's family is caught up in the civil war when her teenaged sons join the rebel movement. Ultimately, she is forced to make a heart-rending choice: abandon her family to its fate or stay and go down with them.