Mary, near death, reveals to her daughter-in-law the unfathomable act she committed some fifty years ago. The man she raised was not hers; she took him from a young unwed girl she befriended on a city bus. Her own childhood took an unexpected turn leaving her sterile, leading her to commit such a heinous act. The action resulted from her deep-seated desire to have a child of her own.
When Mary befriends the young Beatrice, alone and pregnant in The City, helping another person was her intent. Bringing the young girl home to live with her and her husband, Mary unknowingly seeks to fulfill her maternal desires. Mary hopes helping Beatrice will mend the hole in her soul. When confronted with the reality the young mother and her son are moving away; Mary demands her husband take her and the young boy far away, somewhere they won’t be found. When Beatrice returns from setting up her new home on the east coast, she finds the family gone without a trace.
The impact on both Mary and Beatrice’s lives was a result of selfish people who used them for what they had to offer, their bodies. Each one forced to live their lives in ways they could have never imagined. The tragedies thrust upon each of these women as young girls provided a path for them to give back to the world in unimaginable ways.