After her seductive and uncompromising mother, Ingrid, kills her own boyfriend for abandoning her, fifteen-year-old Astrid witnesses her mother's arrest. It's an event that will change the course of both their lives. Suddenly, young Astrid is on her own. Shuttled through a series of foster homes, Astrid struggles to master the techniques she needs if she's to survive the unyielding and often harsh world she is thrust into. Astrid tries desperately to forge her own identity within her ever-changing environment. From behind bars, Ingrid's powerful influence is the only constant in Astrid's life--for good, and for bad. In the three years that mark her passage from child to adult, Astrid must learn the value of independence and courage, rage and forgiveness, love and survival, to earn her freedom from the past.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Alison Lohman, Robin Wright, Renee Zellweger, Billy Connolly, Svetlana Efremova, Noah Wyle, Patrick Fugit, Taryn Manning, Cole Hauser, Marc Donato, Allison Munn, Samantha Shelton, Amy Aquino, Stephen Root, Liz Stauber, Kimo Wills, Leila Kenzle, Cathy Ladman, Debra Cristofferson, Melissa Marsala, John Billingsley, Elisa Bocanegra, Darlene Bohorquez, Solomon Burke Jr., Scott Allan Campbell, Sam Catlin, Drinda La Lumia, James Lashly, Dan Mandehr, Melissa McCarthy, Dallas McKinney, Brian Mulligan, Kali Rocha, Mark Soper, Carl Sundstrom, Biff Yeager