A literary drama based on the real lives of two of the world's most famous poets, Sylvia Plath (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) and Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig). The story begins at Cambridge University in the 1950s, where the two young poets meet at a party and fall passionately in love. They marry and move to the US, where Plath has been offered a teaching post, but Hughes' career is beginning to take off and cracks appear in their marriage as his talent begins to overshadow hers, and she finds it increasingly difficult to continue writing. They move back to the UK where they have two children, but when Hughes is unfaithful to Plath, she is bitterly jealous and angry; emotions that cause her to write some of her most brilliant poetry. Finally, the dark feelings take over and she commits suicide. The supporting cast includes Paltrow's real-life mother, Blythe Danner, as Sylvia Plath's mother.