"You thought you'd got the better of me. But you were wrong." –Vera Bates
Bates's estranged wife and childhood sweetheart from the Emerald Isle has resurfaced to claim her husband. Years ago, she stole his freedom when, guilty over his drinking, he went to prison for her theft. But the greater prison for Bates is the marriage to a bitter and vindictive woman who will stop at nothing to prevent his happiness.