This is a strong, complelling story of an ordinary middle class, Italian-American woman, overcoming extraordinary problems. This non-fiction narrative begins with naive hope, joy, and high expectations for the future. Soon reality sets in. Dysfunctions by the name of alcoholism, gambling, and spousal abuse play their hands. The proverbial icing on their cake of misfortune comes when her husband is destined to become the recipient of a heart transplant.