Joleen falls in love with Tom the moment she lays eyes on him as he drives into the driveway in a snazzy convertible, wearing his army uniform. She makes up her mind that very day she is going to have him, regardless. But, Tom's family has other plans for him, and have already decided who he was going to marry. Joleen becomes pregnant and marries Tom's older brother Perry. She then spends the following twenty years of her life secretly being in love with Tom. She does finally find her happiness with Tom, and becomes deliriously happy every moment of her life, just being near him. Then fate takes a disastrous turn and shatters her happiness and her world.