In 1987, Adele Wheeler (Kate Winslet) could be a depressed single female parent WHO lives in an exceedingly rural home along with her 13-year-old son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith). whereas they're garments searching, a bloody man approaches Henry and makes them take him home to seem once him. the person is unconcealed to be Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), a convict WHO is needed by the native police once breaking out of jail.
Through flashbacks, it's unconcealed that Frank could be a Vietnam veteran WHO came back home and married his pregnant girlfriend, Mandy (Maika Monroe), WHO before long gave birth. A year once the baby's birth, Frank and Mandy had a fight, wherever she accidentally unconcealed that he is not the baby's father. throughout the fight, he accidentally pushed her against a radiator, leading to her death. at the same time, the baby submerged and Frank was sent to jail for Mandy's murder.
Adele and Frank fall taken with and arrange to head to North American country with Henry. they start packing the house and cleansing on legal holiday. Meanwhile, Henry develops a friendly relationship with a mature, however artful lady named Eleanor (Brighid Fleming), and goes to ascertain her an extra time before they leave. She manipulates him into thinking Adele and Frank area unit aiming to abandon him and he accidentally reveals Frank's past. The morning they're aiming to leave, Henry takes a note to his father's house and leaves it in his mailbox. whereas he's walking home, a peace officer (James van der Beek) offers to drive him home, and Henry has no selection however to just accept. The peace officer is suspicious of the packed automobile and nearly-empty house, however eventually leaves. Adele goes to the bank to urge all the money out of her account, and whereas she is gone the neighbor comes over to grant Adele some cinnamon rolls, and speaks to Frank. She is suspicious of WHO he is also. Henry's father finds the note he left, and calls the house speculative what's occurring. Before Adele, Frank, and Henry will escape, the police arrive and arrest him. He ties Henry and Adele up before he goes intent on surrender, in order that they will not be charged with harboring a fugitive. it's not unconcealed WHO known as the police to report Frank's presence at the house.
Years later, adult Henry (Tobey Maguire) has become a winning baker and is contacted by Frank, WHO is obtaining out of jail. Henry tells him that his mother continues to be single, and Frank meets Adele at her home once he's free.