This vel is about Mildred Cabell, a woman who, in late middle age, realizes she has always felt too little. In trying to understand why, she opens a place in my head where I've kept all the sadness. There she finds childhood memories of the thousand daily cruelties of a hurting family that has been passing its pain along for generations. Mildred begins to feel a tenderness towards herself, as well as an anger at the culture for its ongoing blind disregard of the emotional needs of t only its children but also its entire citizenry. And so her rescue begins.