DESCRIPTION: (from CBS's press release) STRANGE FITS OF PASSION is an emotional thriller based on the book by best-selling author Anita Shreve (The Pilot's Wife) about a woman who escapes from her abusive husband with their baby girl, and is then faced with a terrifying choice when he tries to get her back. Maureen Cowan is a striking, ambitious young woman beginning her journalism career at a respected New York magazine where she meets charismatic Harrold English, a worldly, seasoned reporter. Things heat up quickly between the magnetic couple and their whirlwind romance quickly turns into marriage. At first, Harrold convinces Maureen that his volatile behavior is just how he expresses his passion for her, but she soon comes to realize that it's much more. After one particularly terrifying, violent episode, Maureen takes their 6-month-old daughter Caroline and flees. Her drive up the coast of Maine leads her to a small fishing town where she eventually settles, starts a new life as Mary Amesbury and becomes friendly with some of the good-hearted townspeople. But when one desperate moment forces her to make contact with her old life, she knows her future will never be the same.