Patriarch of the O'Malley family dies and this brings out repressed anger from an emotionally unstable daughter. Separately, an old friend asks Chucky's help to find his wife and child who are missing.
Another book in the saga of the O'Malleys, an irrepressible and resilient Irish-American family that finds themselves caught up in modern American history.
The death of Chucky O'Malley's elderly father brings the entire brood together to mourn, but what should be a time of unity is disrupted by the increasingly erratic behavior of Chucky's unhappy and emotionally unstable sister. The O'Malleys, as always, face adversity with love and faith, and in the end their family remains strong.