Molly O'Connor's life was not an easy one. W/ 6 children & a husband who earned what he could as casual farmhand, fisherman, or drover, it was a constant struggle to keep her family fed & raised to be respectable. Of all her children, Breda -- the Bright One -- was closest to her heart. As, one by one, her other children left Kilbally, Kathleen & Kieran to the Church, Moira to marriage, the twins to war, so Breda, the youngest, was the one who stayed close to her parents. Breda never wanted to leave the W of Ireland. She thought Kilbally was the most beautiful place in the world. Then tragedy struck the O'Connors & the structure of their family was irrevocably changed. Reeling from unhappiness & humiliation, Breda decided to make a new life for herself -- in Yorkshire w/ her Aunt Josie's family. There she was to discover a totally different world fromt he one she had left behind, w/ new people & new challenges for the future.