Two doctors discover a young woman living alone in the Appalachian Mountains. With great effort they come to understand her erratic behavior and unique speech pattern. As they introduce her to modern society, they find their own lives transformed.
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When doctor Jerry Lovell (Liam Neeson, Oscar - nominee for "Schindler's List") discovers a young woman living alone in the backwoods of North Carolina, he is intrigued by her erratic behavior and unique pattern of speech. Together with a psychologist (Natasha Richardson), Lovell determines to pierce Nell's private world and protect her from the courts - and a life of scientific study. In a race against time and a system bent on shattering her spirit, he finds that the woman whose way of life he has sought to protect, has transformed his own forever.
Two doctors are astonished to discover a backwoods North Carolina woman who has formed her own language after being cut off from civilization.
Based on the play "Idioglossia", a young woman raised without any experience of modern civilization is discovered by two doctors and brought in to the modern world.
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