It is the mid-1960s, and America is in the throes of social and political turmoil. In Vietnam the war continues, while at home the protest rages on. Cheryl Joyner, twenty-five, thought she had found a safe, comfortable marriage with Howard, a widow nineteen years her senior. Then the telegram arrived: Howard's son is coming home from Vietnam. David's return, the breakup of his marriage, and his reaching out to Cheryl for comfort lead Cheryl to fear for the safety of her marriage, and to wonder, about the power of passion.