Five brothers, each possessing an amazing physical gift, conspire to outwit the cruel Emperor, who forced thousands into slavery to build the Great Wall of China. Each of the older brothers' talents is put to the test in order to save the people: great strength, tremendous height, sharp senses, and resistance to fire. Just when it appears that the Emperor will triumph, it is the sensitive youngest brother whose talent is the most useful of all.
Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the 1920s.
Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband, the manipulative and egotistical Johhny and becomes enmeshed in a sensual, passionate and destructive affair.
Vada Sultenfuss is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her father runs a funeral parlor. She is also in love with her English teacher, and joins a poetry class over the summer just to impress him.
George Banks is an ordinary, middle-class man whose 21 year-old daughter Annie has decided to marry a man from an upper-class family, but George can't think of what life would be like without his daughter.