Page 2Everyday life of the nun， intercutting with the old footage where the girl became a nun when she was young. Voice over by the death row prisoner， writing to the nun.
Page 6The nun goes to the prison and visits the prison priest.
Page 8The nun refuses to wear the nuns uniform to gain respect. All she has is her loving heart and her sincerity toward the prisoner.
Page 9Conversation with the prisoner， who asks for the nuns help. （OPPORTUNITY： MEETING WITH THE PRISONER）
Page 14The nun is remembering how she hits a dog with a stick when she was little until she is pulled over by a police. （OPPORTUNITY SPURS MEMORY： THE NUN IS NOT A SAINT EITHER. SHE KILLED A DOG WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG.）
Page 15The nun reads the court transcript and watches the TV news about the crime. （NEW SITUATION IS THAT THE NUN TRIES TO HELP THE PRISONER.）
Page 16The nun discusses the case with a pro bono attorney and the possible unfairness of the sentencing.
Page 17The nun watches the governor is on TV， talking about getting tough on the crimes until the prisoner calls her for help because he is going to be executed soon. Also on the TV， the victims family is very angry.
修女海伦（苏珊·萨兰登 Susan Sarandon 饰）受死刑犯马修·庞斯莱（西恩·潘 Sean Penn 饰）之托，前往监狱探望他。马修否认残杀年轻情侣被判死刑，提出上诉。海伦一路走访，深入村庄调查真相。一方面是被虐杀而死的无辜情侣，一方面是即将被处决的罪犯的精神依托， 海伦使尽各种办法帮助马修，但当她面对受害者双亲的痛诉以及公众的愤怒时，海伦的内心也陷入纠结的道德审判中。海伦最终感化了马修。行刑前，马修承认自己的罪行并祈求得到受害者家人的宽恕，安心而有尊严的走完人生的最后168小时。 本片改编自修女海伦·普雷金的真实故事，苏珊·萨兰登因本片荣获第68届奥斯卡最佳女主角。