The world came to a sudden end for Vonna Bracy, with the death of her husband, Matt But no matter how she wanted to retreat, cast aside other people, the fact of her son forced her to face up to responsibilities For Robby needed an open heart operation if he was to liveand Vonna was not prepared to accept this second lossForced to turn to Matt s family for money, the family Matt had cut himself off from years earlier, Vonna went to the old Bracy house in Maine, ready to anything for her son s sake But the hatreds and conflicts that filled the house were almost too much for her sacrifice