In the summer of 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis observes a flirtation between
a servant's son, Robbie, and her older sister, Cecilia, that she childishly misconstrues.
Briony's misunderstanding leads to a terrible crime whose consequences
follow them through World War II.

"It is an epic essentially about the act of writing and the potential
of writing to betray others. Yet at its emotional core are two lovers
torn apart, first by a fanciful lie told by a young girl, and then by
the events of the Second World War."