It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so
many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her
sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she
must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.
Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be
reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and
homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship,
and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her
back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma
- a devastating choice between duty and one great love.