Windmills of the Gods (TV Mini-Series 1988) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • When Mary Ashley (Jaclyn Smith) is approached to become Ambassador of the United States of America in Romania, she does not take the offer, because her husband does not want to give up his well-going doctor's office. Shortly afterward, Dr. Edward Ashley (David Ackroyd) gets killed in a car accident. After this, Mary reconsiders the offer, and finally accepts. Arriving in Romania, she is confronted with a complex plot, in which U.S. President Paul Ellison's (Michael Moriarty's) current plans to improve relations between the U.S. and Communist countries shall be sabotaged.

  • Mary Ashley (Jaclyn Smith), a housewife is being asked by President Paul Ellison (Michael Moriarty) to be the new ambassador to Romania as part of his plan to establish ties with countries from the Eastern Bloc. Initially, she refuses because her husband, Dr. Edward Ashley (David Ackroyd), can't just leave. But when he dies in a mysterious accident, she accepts the post. A reporter who finds the whole thing suspicious thinks a secret organization whose goal to end all attempts at détente, which what the President is doing with Ashley, is behind her getting the post and tries to look into it, but the reporter would be killed. When Ashley meets her staff, her Deputy, Mike Slade (Robert Wagner), whom she earlier encountered who told her he was suppose to the Ambassador and is more qualified. She tries to remove him, but it's a Presidential decision. So she goes to Romania and tries to reason with the President, but it's going to be difficult. And the organization is planning to kill Ashley.

  • President Paul Ellison (Michael Moriarty) calls Professor Mary Ashley (Jaclyn Smith) to become ambassador of the United States in Communist Romania under Ionescu (Ceausescu). He wants her to introduce a new political line. The time she accepts, she doesn't know how much resistance she'll meet. Before the leaves, her husband is killed in a suspicious car accident. Arriving in Romania, she has not only trouble being accepted as a woman and newcomer in politics, but also gets herself into a life-threatening situation.


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