I admit I have never read the books but after seeing the first episode I now definitely will.
Outlander is the newest series on Starz. It is based on the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon, of which there are eight novels in the series to date. The television series is produced and written by Ronald D Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame.
We open up with our heroine Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a World War II nurse showing her excellent skills healing the soldiers directly off the battlefield. The war ends and she goes back to her normal life with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies). They are a struggling couple at this point, not really knowing each other anymore. They go on vacation to Scotland to rekindle their marriage and stay at a quaint inn run by, what appears to be, a Druid Priestess. Claire and Frank sneak out and watch one of the Druid late night rituals, which I would like to say was beautifully done. Somehow, shortly after that Claire gets thrown back to the year 1743. She is abducted by a clan of Scotsmen and almost raped. Then, she meets an extremely hunky warrior named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). He is severely injured and Claire helps him out with that. She is now traveling with the Clan and riding with Jamie, wrapped in his shawl the whole time. Some lucky woman she is.
I cannot wait to see what happens. Claire seems to definitely feel a connection between her and Jamie. I will definitely recommend watching this series: the writing is wonderful and the scenery is beautiful in more ways than one!