On a deserted, dusty, backwoods road Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) finds the abandoned body of a young girl; she's alive but bruised. Taking her home to his farm he discovers she's a local girl named Rae (Christina Ricci), a local girl with a history of being as wild possible.
Being a god-fearing man Lazarus sees it as his duty to save Rae from herself and help her back on the straight and narrow. But the only way he can see of curing her is to chain her to his radiator, so that she can't run away from the house. Now the two of them must face each other as Lazarus tries everything possible to help Rae, but maybe she isn't the only one who needs a bit of help.