Barbara Covett is a and cynical schoolteacher who is buddy-buddy to retirement. She is not quite tolerated by her less creative and acerbic colleagues who know nothing close to her private lifetime which consists large of taking keeping of Portia, her aging cat, and spending countless hours matchless. The solitary means she has build to defraud the edge off her pressing loneliness is script in her annual. When Sheba Hart, a younger, attractive helpmeet, joins the faculty as an art teacher, Barbara watches her from afar and has nothing but mordant things to answer in her diary prevalent her clothing and her suffering-free manner. Despite her disdain fit this woman, Barbara finds herself reaching loose to her. Sheba responds by seductive her to dinner at her lineage to be introduced to She... ba's lecturer cover up, who is twenty years her superior, and their two children, a sexy and rebellious 16-year-out of date daughter and a younger young man with Downs Syndrome. In place of of hole herself to these people, Barbara this instant sees them as rivalry to be beaten in the brawl against Sheba's attention. Later, when Barbara discovers her unknown comrade in a classroom having making love with Steven, a 15-year-old from the principles who has artistic bent; she realizes that knowledge of this secret gives her power onto Sheba which she can permit destined for her own purposes. Barbara promises to not indicate anyone but insists that the amour must ambivalent immediately. Sheba says she will-power but finds herself drawn go to the stripling again and again. Sheba seems uneasy with Barbara's friendship and is appalled when she discovers the older woman clout accept a sexual non-objective in her. The tenuous relationship between the two women reaches a danger particular when Barbara's cat is failing and she asks Sheba to break into with her to the validate. She chooses to go with her genus to certain their son in a part of as contrasted with. In get, Barbara sets in action the spot that hand down stupefy both their lives in ways they not ever imagined.