A woman (Susan Sarandon) has seven sons who have just left home. She also has been having trouble with her marriage, so at last she is free to live her own life. But her freedom is cut short when one son is presumed killed in a night time bombing of his barracks, after having run away to join the Marines in the Middle East. Soon the whole family are together to await the news. The old family tensions resurface and for the first time truths are spoken which soon form a stronger bond between the woman and her wayward family.