Fueled by years of abuse and anxious to protect June her younger sister, Marva Garcia commits a horrible crime. Even though she has not been discovered, Marva fears that one day she will be. The stress of holding down a job, looking after June, and trying to elude the police drive her to drink. Her childhood friend Jason wants to have a romantic relationship with her, but because of her abusive past, Marva doesn't think herself capable of loving any man. Although Cicely, Marva's former teacher, has her own problems, she becomes a substitute mother to Marva and June and tries to help them overcome the effects of their abuse. Marva finds some peace when she becomes a Christian, but will she one day receive the punishment she deserves, or the forgiveness she longs for?