Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need who cross her path.The consequences of her charity are unexpected. It's hard to realize how hard life is for some people, both those without resources and those whom we think of as having it all.
The New York Times calls it a "dismal and dolorous account of the frustrations of a socially distinguished young matron in finding an outlet for her urge to do good." The New Yorker says, "the psychodramatic strands are woven harrowingly tight."