Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) has been a devoted wife and confidante to her husband, Joe (Jonathan Pryce), for many years. A successful and highly celebrated writer, Joe has relied on his wife to consistently take a back seat in her own life to help him achieve his ambitions. And it has worked well for him: the pair are on a plane to Sweden, where Joe will receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
A badly dealt with confrontation with a writer (Christian Slater) who is determined to writer Joe’s autobiography leads Joan to tell her husband that he needs to be more diplomatic. While his lack of tact sends current events spiralling into a disaster, Joan contemplates the past decades as a famous writer’s wife.
Once a promising writer in her own right, Joan sacrificed it all to be Joe’s doting wife, without whom Joe may have never succeeded. A marriage of betrayal, dashed dreams, and extreme devotion, Joan and Joe’s marriage is plunged under the spotlight.