'I was not a widow. Had I been married to Victor it might have been easier. It was Molly who had the comfort of the children, hers and Victor's. I was left alone to come to terms with my grief, despair and anger...' After an affair lasting 26 years, Jean Banks' married lover dies. Gradually the self-assured Jean is overwhelmed by loneliness, sleeping-pills and depression. Routine tasks defeat her and she avoids suicide only by a twist of fate. In the midst of her unhappiness, a friendship blossoms with Victor's widow, and ultimately life and love are refound.