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Vietnam War veteran Stephen Simmons (Kevin Costner) deals with an entirely different set of conflicts at home in 1970 Mississippi. As Stephen copes with his post-traumatic stress disorder and employment difficulties, his children -- led by son Stuart (Elijah Wood) -- build a gigantic tree house in the woods and then must defend it against a group of local bullies. Mare Winningham plays Stuart's wife, Lois, in this Jon Avnet-directed film.