Jessica has been married to her controlling husband Gary for years. She began dating him at the age of fifteen and has two kids, Maggie and Pete. After some career trouble Gary moves the family out to a New York suburb. Anyway, at first Gary seems like a sweet and loving husband, but after getting mad at some hippie neighbors he begins slapping Jessica and having fits of rage. The abuse only gets worse when she gets a job at a bakery and makes two really caring friends: her co-worker and neighbor Lee, and her boss Walter. Walter becomes more than just her boss; he notices bruises on Jessica's neck and advises her to leave Gary, but she can't; she's too afraid. Soon she starts dating Walter, and when Gary punches Pete repeatedly she realizes she has to be the voice for her two kids; she takes them to stay with Walter. Things only get worse as Gary makes a decision that could send her life crashing down.
One woman's fight with the law and her husband's obsessive brutality.
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When it happened, a lot of women at the shelter went back to their husbands. They were scared, you know. If Gary could find me - Anyways... after that, a lot of people started realizing things had to change. That D.A., you know, the guy that charged Gary with burglary, he actually got on the stick and pushed through this domestic violence protocol so that the police would understand how to deal with this a little better and not just leave beat-up wife with some guy who says she's ...
References The Little Mermaid