With the money she earns,
working day and night, making clothes on a battered sewing
machine, violet manages to provide a living for herself and
her two daughters in their small home inside the old fortress
of the southern port city of galle.
faithfully to the behavior expected of a single mother this
traditional, post - colonial, Roman catholic community of the
1960's. Her husband, a boorish, pompous man, who left when
the children were very young, visits now and again to see his
daughters and to gloatingly remind Violet that she is still
his lawfully wedded spouse.
The eldest daughter
returns home with her husband to give birth to Violet's
first grand child, the younger is attracted to a dashing
James dean - like young man on a motorcycle and Violet agrees
to see him and his family to arrange a marriage. These two
happy milestones in her life are overtaken, one dark night,
by the arrival of a message from Violet's first and only
love, Victor. He had returned to port after twenty five years
of sailing around the world as a merchant seaman. He is not
well and needs special treatment. Violet introduces Victor to
her family as a distant relative and takes him into her house
to provide him with the care he desperately needs. As her
recovers from his illness, their love is rekindled. The
passions kept hidden for so long, resurfaces, and the
relationship is meet with disapproval by family and friends.
Violet gets pregnant and is forced to induce a miscarriage.
Her younger daughter's engagement is called off. Unable or
unwilling to play the guilt- laden role expected of her by an
uncompromising and unforgiving society, Violet decides to
follow her heart and live happily ever after with Victor.
When she finally find this happiness some call it