In 1929, George (Bradley Cooper, ‘Hangover in Las Vegas’) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence, ‘The Hunger Games’), are a young couple leaving Boston to settle in the forests of North Carolina. There they will build not only their house, but also their particular empire. Quickly, Serena will be able to perform all kinds of tasks, despite their fragility, and to match the strength of any man. Their ambition will have no limits, and both will not show any scruples when it comes to overthrowing all those who come forward in the logging business in which they have entered. But soon the character of the young woman will become violent and dangerous when she finds out that she will not be able to give her beloved lover a son. From that moment, moved by rage, Selena will try to kill the son George had with another woman.