Even before she discovers she is pregnant by her cocaine-addicted lover, Christina Kinsey is heading for self-destruction. As well as a tortuous relationship with her mother, she's an addict herself. But when the baby is born premature with the same tragic dependency, it is taken away, leaving Christina with an arduous battle to regain custody. To do that, she must first clean up her life. The social worker assigned to the case initially seems unsympathetic to her cause. Fortunately, she proves to be the perfect ally in what looks like a hopeless task - to make sure Christina becomes capable of providing her child with the love she herself never had.