This film, based on true events, explores the story of a woman who runs an orphanage that harbors a dark secret. Georgia Tann (Mary Tyler Moore) is a beloved member of the Memphis community. A personable middle-aged woman, she is renowned for her work with homeless children. However, social worker Annie Beales (Lea Thompson) suspects that something is amiss at Tann's orphanage. She begins to investigate, and soon makes a shocking discovery about the true nature of Tann's work with children.