This is a story of life just after World War II for the working class. It tells of hardships, cruel love, prejudice, a daughter's resentment of her mother, love of her father, and her lover. It also speaks of a grandmother's deep love for her granddaughter.
In later years, after much soul-searching and heartbreak of her own, Abigail realizes just what her mother had suffered during her own troubled life. Abigail was to weep for her mother's hurting as well as her own. She would experience humiliation of the worst kind, degrading and inhumane. She would also experience deep and abiding love.
The book speaks of all human emotion.