Inspired by a true story. On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly feigns mental illness to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning. After Nellie has undergone treatment, she is left with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady. When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to question if she does belong in the asylum after all. Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.