Joyce Carol Oates, oft described as “America’s foremost woman of letters”, has remained intensely private, until now. It took director Stig Björkman 16 years before she allowed him to make the first portrait film of her. He takes us inside Joyce’s life back to her childhood and university years, and the societal events that affected her deeply, such as the 1960’s riots in Detroit, the tragic Chappaquiddick incident and the life of Marilyn Monroe. JCO is an ardent observer of American political and societal changes. Much of her work features women, the mistreated, the underprivileged. The America of her works is a mélange of ordinary and extraordinary. Her sight is razor sharp. A unique open look at this great woman and her creative process.