The story starts in the Toronto of the 1950's, where you could still swim at Sunnyside Beach and most women stayed home to raise their families. Here you will meet two unforgettable sisters--Faye and Louise Parker who, against all odds, survive the abuse of their angry and embittered mother, Maggie. But their lives are tragically altered when shy and sensitive Faye is the victim of a brutal and violent act. Suddenly, the normally ebullient Louise is thrown into turmoil. On the brink of adulthood, she escapes to London to heal her wounds and follow her nebulous dreams.