Eva Arctander is born in a small Norwegian station town. Her mother dies giving birth, and the little girl is born with yellow hair covering her entire body, including the face. Her father Gustav (by Rolf Lassgård), the station master, does not know how to be a father to a child who is so different. Gustav is ashamed of her, he locks her inside their apartment at the station and lets Hannah the nanny take care of her upbringing. Hannah starts to love Eva and fights for her right to be treated like everyone else. The Lion Women is an emotionally gripping and fascinating story about the challenges of being different.