Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Jane Seymour stars as Jill Maddox, a prim, respectable woman of a certain age, with a grown daughter named Amanda (Maggie Lawson) and a burgeoning career as a concert violinist. But after undergoing a heart-transplant operation, Jill exhibits an astonishing personality change. She forsakes classical music for country & western and hip-hop, begins chugging down beer at an alarming rate, and trades in her sensible wardrobe for miniskirts and tight blouses. While daughter Amanda despairs over her mother's bizarre state of mind, Jill begins experiencing ghostly nightmares -- which turn out to be messages from the 22-year-old male "party animal" whose donated heart now beats in Jill's bosom. Believe it or not, Heart of a Stranger was based on a true story, as set down in the bestseller Change of Heart. Filmed on location in Halifax, this made-for-cable drama originally aired over the Lifetime network on December 9, 2002.