For years, Ruth had endured tabuse from her husband Eric. Eric was ten years older than Ruth and he had been her first and only love. He told her that she was too big and too black to get a man and Ruth believed it. Each time he beat her, she felt like it was her fault. She began to hate Eric but was dedicated to her marriage. She would recover from the physical abuse but the verbal abuse would not go away.
After a severe beating, Ruth has to go to the hospital. There she meets a woman named Clara who helps her to realize that she is a good person. Ruth also must deal with bulimia.
Eventually Ruth meets a wonderful guy named Adrian. They get really close and, for once, Ruth is happy and in love. Then, out of the blue, Adrian announces that he is leaving Ruth to be with a woman who is having his baby. Ruth is devastated and leaves town. Adrian must decide what he really wants to do.
This report prepared by Tracy Alexander