Little Peggy's childhood, mired in the squalor of a small town in the 1940's, is dominated by her father, a volatile, abusive alcoholic who seems to relish beating both her and her mother when sparked by drunken rages. Driven by an inner sense of motherly responsibility for her equally neglected brothers, she is forced to steal or forage for food in garbage dumps, and while she yearns for a sister, ironically it would be one more mouth to feed. Soon she realizes that her mother is constantly becoming pregnant and either aborting or killing the newborns, which she demands that Peggy bury. Discovering a girl baby, the spirited young girl seizes it, thereby saving her sister's life.
This report prepared by Pegi Handley