What Was the ABC Mini Series "Outlander" About?


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"Outlander" is a romantic historical drama based principally on the "Outlander" novel series written by Diana Gabaldon. It involves the time-travelling adventures of a World War II era nurse who suddenly finds herself swept back to the 18th century. In the process, she finds herself torn between a new love interest and the husband she left behind.

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In 1945, a nurse named Claire Randall and her husband, Frank, are touring a historical site at Inverness when Claire swoons, awakening inexplicably in the middle of an 18th-century skirmish between British soldiers and Scottish Highland warriors. Claire is then rescued by a dashing Scot named Jamie Frasier, while also identifying their British antagonist as a distant relative of her husband Frank.

Claire soon realizes that she has time-travelled back into the midst of preparations for the Jacobite Rebellion, an attempt to restore Stuart rule in Scotland, and one she knows ends disastrously for the Scots. She tries to warn them off, but it is no use. Throughout the story, Claire must decided whether to try and make it home to Frank or stay with Jamie. She must also battle witchcraft charges, Jamie's stilted lover and Frank's evil ancestor, Black Jack Randall, the British soldier bent on destroying Jamie.

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