In this modern retelling of the Samson and Delilah story, Sam is a Jewish woman who has grown up knowing she has a momentous task to perform but is never told what it is. All she knows is that it involves the abnormal strength that often only embarrasses her, a prohibition against drinking fermented beverages, and a warning against cutting her wild, unruly hair.
What is she here for? Why must her life always be a mystery to her, a quest that takes her from one synagogue to another, one church to another, without offering respite?
She is always on edge. Driving too fast. Engaging in small acts of vandalism. Setting fires. Sleeping with too many men. All this even as she holds fast to her family’s expectation that she study law and follow her father into a legal career. She pays no attention to the warning that one of her lovers will be her downfall. She wants to be a light in the world rather than a source of darkness. But instead, life brings her lower, into a whirlwind of despair – until the single, shocking event that reveals her luminous final moments.