From 1930s' Liverpool to London, then California, and finally back to Liverpool, the powerful and compelling saga of one woman's turbulent life
Kitty O'Brien's husband is a drunken thug and in order to feed her starving children she sells her body on the Liverpool docks; her daughter Lizzie's exotic looks are not those of her father. At 13, Lizzie is pregnant by her father and, still weak after an abortion, she kills him. Her mother takes the blame, but Lizzie cannot blot out the painful memories of her childhood. Eventually, with a failed marriage behind her, she finds fame, fortune and friendship in Hollywood - but happiness continues to elude her.
And so she returns to her roots and it is her final marriage and its disastrous consequences that at last force her to face her past and find the happiness and peace of mind that has always escaped her.