A young couple battle against prejudice and vigilantes to survive in the mountains of Virginia in the 1880’s.
Sarah and Clancy pay the ultimate price for their love when their child, Thomas, is born out of wedlock. Disowned by their families they struggle to survive on a remote hillside alone and afraid.
Clancy was warned about the dogwood tree and that his land might be cursed, but he is blinded by love and ignores the warnings, until it is too late.
Thomas brings hope and joy into their lives, but a tragic accident brings further despair to the family, leaving young Thomas to survive alone. When eventually he learns of his parents’ troubled past he manages to overcome every obstacle that comes his way, until the curse finally catches up with him on the day of his wedding, threatening to destroy his happiness as it did that of his parents.