Estranged from family, the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America. Interwoven through the stories are the voices of Amish men and women who remain staunchly loyal to their traditions and faith. They explain the importance of obedience, the strong ties that bind their communities together, and the pain they endure when a loved one falls away.
American Experience earlier explored the Amish in another two-hour special that recently aired on KUED leading up to The Shunned. The acclaimed intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, The Amish, examined how a closed and communal culture has thrived in modern America.