All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
— Tolstoy

When the youngest sibling unexpectedly “gets real”, an uneasy journey of transformation ensues for a Southern family. Each family member grapples with both the news itself, and how their aging mother might respond to it.  Reflecting today's culture wars, diverse, longstanding beliefs and generational differences surface among the Newtons as they seek a new normal.

The Ties That Bind  is a deeply personal and courageous study of the fragility and fortitude of family ties.