From a far too young age, Jill has acted as the adult in her family. She cares for her loving, but mentally unstable mother as well as for her younger brother. The news that their estranged father will be visiting provide the children with much-needed hope. But, their mother cannot cope with her situation and makes a fatal decision. Determined to prevent anything from destroying the reunion with her father, Jill decides to conceal what has happened at home.