In the 1840s Upper Canada, Irish immigrant Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) is hired as a domestic servant by Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), who lives in Richmond Hill. When she arrives, she meets his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin), who's abrupt with the young girl, and stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan).
It soon becomes clear to Grace that Nancy is more than just Thomas' housekeeper. When her boss and Nancy are murdered, James and Grace make a run for it across the border by boat to Buffalo. They're found and brought back to Toronto, where they go on trial for the murders.
Based on Canadian author Margaret Atwood's bestselling book of the same name, which is based on a true story. Canadian Connection: Filmed in Toronto, Ontario. Director Mary Haddon, writer Sarah Polley and cast members Sarah Gadon, Paul Gross and many others are Canadian.
Producer(s): Sarah Polley, D.J. Carson
Screenplay: Sarah Polley