Ten years after the assassination of her husband Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln has drifted into a reclusive world of mourning, depression, paranoia and hallucination. The loss of three sons, her husband and many family members killed in the civil war has overwhelmed her and she shows ever increasing signs of irrational behavior. Her idiosyncrasies both plague and embarrass her son Robert, her oldest and only living son. Robert has finally become convinced that the only responsible action is to have her committed to a mental institution. This much is true. But.