The film depicts a close relationsyip between a young brother and sister and
expands this relationship to include the family--mother, father, and
grandfather. An auto accident, which takes the life of the brother, David,
thrusts grief upon the family and plunges his sister, Sarah, into a struggle
for understanding and adjustment that is the focus of the action.
First Satah struggles with the fact of her brother's death, a fact that she
is helped to accept by her father. Then she investigates her mother's
feelings in an attempt to understand her own feelings. Next she turns to
her grandfather, who provides insight into how other people feel and react.
In a scene with a playmate Sarah tests the knowledge she has gained and
finds that it does not relieve her loneliness or despair. In the final
scene Sarah wanders to a playground where she finds an infant perched
uncertainly at the top of a slide. She approaches the child, calling the
same words of encouragement that her brother spoke to her at the beginning
of the film. As the infant slides down toward her, Sarah smiles in
recognition of her discovery. Life has triumphed.