Outlander is an American-British television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Developed by Ronald D. Moore and produced bySony Pictures Television and Left Bank Pictures for Starz, the show premiered on August 9, 2014. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse in 1945 who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
In 1945, former World War II nurse Claire Randall and her husband Frank are visiting Inverness, Scotland. Exploring the standing stones at Craigh na Dun, Claire faints after she touches the highest stone, and awakes to find herself in the middle of what appears to be a skirmish between Redcoats and rebel Scottish Highlanders. Rescued from an attack by Frank’s sinister double, Redcoat Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall, she uses her medical training to help the injured Scotsman Jamie Fraser. Claire realizes that Randall is Frank’s ancestor, and that she seems to have traveled backward in time to 1743. Her skills earn her a place at Castle Leoch as a healer, but she is a veritable prisoner of Clan MacKenzie and cannot travel to the stones to try to return to her own time. Claire and Jamie get closer, and she comes to understand that the Scotsmen are covertly collecting funds for the Jacobite army. Knowing from history that their cause is destined to fail and many Highlanders will die, Claire tries to warn them off. She learns that Randall and Jamie have a bitter history, and Jamie marries Claire to protect her from the sadistic Randall. Claire and Jamie realize they have feelings for each other, but she is still torn thinking about Frank. In 1945, Frank is losing hope that he will find Claire, just as she is delighting in her new marriage to Jamie in the past. Both finally ready to accept that they are lost to each other, circumstance brings Frank and Claire to the standing stones, two centuries apart. They hear each other calling through time, but before Claire can touch the stones she is captured again by Randall’s men.
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