On an small island of Roan Inish, on the West coast of Ireland, a young girl Fiona (Jeni Courtney) searches for her younger brother believed swept out to sea in his cradle. Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents Hugh (Mick Lally) and Tess (Eileen Colgan) after the death of her mother.
Hugh makes a living fishing with his teenage grandson Eamon (Richard Sheridan) and he tells great tales of Fiona's home on Roan Inish. The town was abandoned after WWII and no one has lived there since.
Fiona has heard the rumors of the mythical seal creatures half seal, half human "selkies" and she thinks she's seen her brother Jamie (Cillian Byrne) swimming in the water and playing in the grass. She convinces Eamon to go to the island and help her fix it up so that the family can return back home and wait the arrival of her brother.
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Directors: John Sayles
Writer: John Sayles
Producers: Maggie Renzi, Sarah Green