In the American Civil War, an injured enemy soldier (Colin Farrell) is taken in by a girl’s boarding school in the south. They allow him to stay and recuperate before planning to turn him over to the confederate soldiers. He ingratiates himself to girls and women of all ages, but soon it becomes clear that a male presence in this close quarters environment has shaken things up more than they’d like.
In 895AD, a young Icelandic prince manages to escape his village when his uncle kills the king (Ethan Hawke) to take the throne. Years later as an adult (Alexander Skarsgård) he poses as a slave and returns to his homestead to avenge his fallen father and grief stricken mother (Nicole Kidman), who is now forced to live with the new king.