In post-Civil War Pennsylvania, young surgeon Jonathan Ferrier (David Birney, St. Elsewhere) campaigns to improve medical practices in his hometown and becomes engulfed in doomed romances and family disputes. Based on the bestselling novel by Taylor Caldwell, this tumultuous Emmy®-nominated 1977 television drama also stars Barbara Parkins, Steve Forrest, William Shatner, and Ralph Bellamy. 3 episodes, 4 3/4 hrs, 3 DVDs, SDH. Mature audiences.
Dr. Martin Eaton returns home from war to discover his sweetheart, Marjorie, betrothed to another, wealthier man. Martin reluctantly marries the shy Flora instead and focuses on his medical practice, engaging in the occasional extramarital tryst. Meanwhile, Marjorie raises two boys, Jon and Harald, who have starkly different personalities.
Jon weds Mavis, but their marriage quickly plunges into dysfunction as Mavis becomes more petulant and Jon more distant. As Jon throws himself into work, both he and Mavis engage in affairs. But the price for their secrets will result in dangerous consequences neither could have imagined.
Jon's arrogance and conviction put him increasingly at odds with his colleagues, neighbors, and family. Grasping to stay afloat amid constant conflict, he must confront treacherous, false accusations and catastrophic family revelations.
- Original broadcast promos
- Episode recap
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 287 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of Discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Rating: NR. Contains violence and sexual situations.
"Arresting, diverse, sprawling" --The Washington Post
"A handsomely mounted production" --The Washington Post