Born on February 10th, 1967
From Los Angeles, California
Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail -- one of the country's longest and toughest through-trails.
Pregnant mother Wanda LeFauve (Laura Dern) ekes out a government-assisted living with her jobless husband, Al (Richard Lineback), and their four children, in a rundown trailer park. In a desperate bid for money, Wanda answers a classified ad from a wealthy Hollywood woman, Rachel Luckman (Stockard Channing), and her husband, Richard (Peter Riegert), who are seeking a newborn to adopt. They make an agreement and tensely await the baby's birth, but each faces a profound struggle with the decision.