Set in 1958, this drama chronicles the raising of an Irish housewife's socio-political consciousness over a ten year period. Desiring a better life for her son, the unmarried Maureen crosses the border into Northern Ireland to live in the town of Bogside in Derry. There she marries the easy-going but traditional-minded Barry who seems to value her more for her child-bearing capability than her mind. At first she seems doomed to a life of household drudgery and dullness, but as time passes she becomes acquainted with several, strong-minded local women who open her eyes amidst the turmoil and strife of a changing Northern Ireland.
~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide