Myrtle Bledsoe is at the end of her life in Egypt, Texas, trying to face her past and deciding whether or not her life was well–lived. In her earlier years, she represented the bigoted rich of Texas, but also seemed to have a sense of injustice. In order to escape her neglectful, adulterous husband, she travelled to New York, London, Paris, Rome, and the real Egypt with her two daughters. When the money runs out during the Great Depression, Myrtle is forced to come back to her husband’s plantation, where she outlives him and her two daughters and is left alone to resolve old conflicts and reflect on her life. We watch Myrtle as she struggles to find peace at the end of her life, a universal struggle that all must face sooner or later.