In a future, that’s not so far away, rain barely falls. Water is sought after as a rare commodity, and the land which was once plentiful with crops has become barren, and is no longer farmable. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) – a farmer who is struggling to take care of his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning), as well as crippled wife, Katherine (Aimee Mullins) –believes his soil is still good. He’s convinced that if he can find a way to get water to the land it will thrive again. Unfortunately, for him, his daughter’s boyfriend Flem (Nicholas Hoult) is fully aware of the land’s potential, and he has his own plans for it.