From Scott Hicks, the acclaimed director of 'Shine' & 'Snow Falling on Cedars'; and William Goldman, the award winning writer of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' & 'All The President's Men', comes a film of aching beauty and raw emotional power... Bobby Garfield is a man haunted by thoughts of his childhood and these memories take him back to the day a mysterious stranger walked into his life and changed it forever.
It is 1960 and 11 year old Bobby lives with his widowed mother. One day, Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves in upstairs. Slowly, the two begin to trust and depend on each other - Bobby has finally found the father he never had.
But Ted holds a secret that no-one can know - he possesses strange powers beyond comprehension - and Bobby can sense the impending danger that surrounds this kind, gentle old man. Even more mysterious, Bobby is beginning to show signs that he possesses special powers of his own.
Was it just an accident that Ted Brautigan moved in upstairs? Or did fate draw them together?
"Sometimes when you're young, you have moments of such happiness, you think you're living in someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been... then we grow up and our hearts break in two."