Todd Haynes' tale of 1950s prejudices in America. Housewife Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) thinks she has the perfect set-up; two children, a successful husband (Dennis Quaid) and a house in the suburbs. But this vision is shattered one night when she surprises her husband at work and finds him in the arms of another man. Not able to tell anyone in her social circle, she finds solace with their African-American gardener, Raymond (Dennis Haysbert). However, when they are seen alone together by Cathy's best friend (Celia Weston) - a social taboo in that era - the gossip begins and this threatens to reveal the Whitaker's secret life.