Harold Fry is convinced
that he must deliver a letter to an old friend in order to save her,
meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the
events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace
Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold
Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an
old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written
to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense,
bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the
corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance
encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to
Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking,
Harold believes that Queenie will not die.
So without hiking
boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing
characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the
English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up
memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled
with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his
shortcomings as a husband.
Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked
by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it
possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them?
And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?