NADINE’s marriage is cursed by one of society’s most widespread crimes: domestic violence. Nadine was so blinded by his charming ways and the experience of first love that the early signs of trouble, jealousy, and possessiveness, were invisible to her.
After returning from Vietnam, Charles’s behavior magnified with violent outburst and heavy drinking that led to Nadine enduring cycles of abuse, repeated marital rape and brutal battery. The night Nadine is hospitalized from an unmerciful beating, her family finally sees the evidence of abuse that they had always suspected.
During their separation, Charles was able to convince Nadine to return home. Nadine believed that Charles had changed and life would be different, but life took a drastic turn that led to Charles's death and Nadine's incarceration. LINFRED CARTER, a defense attorney, hears about Nadine through a mutual friend and takes her case pro bono. Over the time it takes to build her appeals case, Linfred realizes she isn’t just an offender, but a victim. He fights to win her freedom and her heart. Nadine fights to win her children back and her place in an unforgiving society.