Teenager Danny Henderson chafes under the discipline of his rigid parents, especially when he becomes involved with a neighbor girl whose parents are very permissive. Danny finds himself having to choose between people he cares about.
Dorothy is a housewife in a suburban town. She believes herself a casual drinker, but repeated embarrassing lapses cause her to rethink her attitude, especially when her children make clear they have lost respect for her. Dorothy finally admits that she's an alcoholic.