Santrauka: Mary Miller has always been an outcast. As a child, she fell into the hot burn- a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine- and her hair turned white. Initially she was treated with sympathy, but all that changed when the young man who pushed her in died in an accident. Now, many years later, Mary is a single mother caught up in a faltering affair. Her son has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl- and both mother and son are forced to come to terms with a dark secret from Mary's past.