This film is a portrait of pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson as she battles cancer and her critics in the wake of publishing the 1962 bestseller "Silent Spring." Using many of Carson's own words, Kaiulani Lee embodies this extraordinary woman in this documentary style film, which depicts Carson in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both humor and anger the attacks by the chemical industry, the government and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people. In Bill Moyers' introduction to the film, he notes that Carson was posthumously awarded America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In his words, "it's hard to overstate Carson's impact on our world today." "A Sense of Wonder" was shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler at Carson's cottage on the coast of Maine.