Tana Roberts is determined not to repeat the mistakes of her mother, Jean, who for years conducted an affair with a wealthy married man, Arthur. Tana is brutally raped by Arthur's son Billy and devastated when her mother offers no support. So she decides to get on with her studies and soon becomes a successful lawyer. But when a close college friend is left paralysed after a shooting incident, Tana goes to his aid but embarks on an affair with his father. She then begins to realise that she is no better than her mother.