The book explores issues relating to mental health, how it affects not only the individual but also family members. Set in 1960’s when societal values and mores were different an dattitudes to mental health were ill-informed and stigmatising. A young teenage couple are forced into marriage because of an unplanned pregnancy. They are totally unsuited which leads to the young mothers breakdown. The events leading up to this and the ensuing fall-out affects all the members of the family for many years afterwards.