Angela Bradbury's mother certainly makes the most of life's disappointments - in those endless insidious scrifices bravely borne, for which her children can never be quite grateful enough.
Even now just one phone-call from Mother can send Angela into a maelstrom of complicity, guilt and regret. And her own daughter, Sadie, has developed into a scornful, slovenly, selfish adolescent. It seems that motherhood is a heritage of broken promises. But Angela is determined that, somehow, her relationship with Sadie will be different.