19世纪末的马萨诸塞州，生活着32岁仍待字闺中的白人女子莉兹·波顿（克里斯蒂娜·里奇 Christina Ricci 饰）。她灵巧美丽，但生活中鲜少展露笑容。莉兹的父亲安德鲁（史蒂芬·麦克哈蒂 Stephen McHattie 饰）为人刚直严厉，与周围人的关系都颇为紧张。而莉兹和父亲以及继母艾比（Sara Botsford 饰）的交流也存在着严重的误解和障碍。在某个分外炎热的夏日，波顿夫妇在家中被人残忍杀害。这起案件震惊宁静的小镇，作为目击证人的莉兹无疑有着最大的嫌疑，进而遭受杀人罪的指控。正反双方围绕莉兹展开唇枪舌战，但无人能够辨认出她天使抑或恶魔的身份。
Plot Summary:On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma. But, unlike any normal day, Lizzie encounters the bloody scene of her parents violently murdered. Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing back to the Borden's youngest daughter Lizzie, the seemingly wholesome Sunday school teacher, as the prime suspect. Lizzie's lawyer, Andrew Jennings, proclaims her innocence arguing that it is inconceivable a woman could commit the heinous crime of brutally murdering her family with an ax. Or is it? Lizzie is put on trial for the murders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sparking a widespread debate about her culpability. As the case rages on, the courtroom proceedings fuel an enormous amount of sensationalized stories and headlines in newspapers throughout the country, forever leaving Lizzie Borden's name in infamy.