In The Woodsman, Kevin Bacon plays Walter Rossworth, a pedophile who, having served a 12-year prison sentence, tries to settle down to a normal life. His sister has disowned him, but his brother-in-law (Benjamin Bratt) remains friendly. He has a tough but tender co-worker, Vicki (played by Bacon’s real-life wife, Kyra Sedgwick), who is drawn to him and doesn’t recoil when he reveals his past.
The boss’s secretary looks him up on a sex- offender Web site and alerts the other employees. Lucas (Mos Def), a cop who keeps coming around to taunt Walter, is sure that he’ll eventually return to his old ways. In fact, Walter struggles continually against temptation.