An uninspired adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel which blends together two stories, one from the 19th century and one from the present. In the adaptation, the 19th century is diminished and the present-day one tweaked and twisted. A gay plot element is eliminated, as if polygamy is safe to scorn, but homosexuality is too horrible to even deal with. Good, authentic looking polygamy costumes and hairdos and appealing Canadian rural scenery. One of the characters looks eerily like the current Republican presidential candidate. If this topic interests you, watch the movie before the book, or just read the book and forget the movie. For hard core fans of polygamy movies. There are some cases of murder in polygamous sects, but most are of women, not of men, by the way.