In 1988, fours years after the death of her troubled son Peter in a hit-and-run accident, Beverly Lowry is still in a state of mourning compounded by feelings that she failed as a mother. When Beverly reads an article about death-row convict Karla Faye Tucker, she is intrigued by the contrast between this pretty woman and the horror of her crimes. Beverly begins to meet with Tucker monthly and they develop a complex relationship, which puts great pressure on her marriage. Through this friendship, she is able to come to terms with unresolved personal issues and rediscover the simple joy in living and her marriage. Based on the memoir of Beverly Lowry.