Nina (Katrin Sass), a young divorced mother, is in court to fight to keep her children, and she is partly successful as the judge decides to grant her one year of probationary custody to see if she can really handle the job adequately. She works scrubbing subway cars down -- not the most lucrative job -- and part of her earlier problems in taking care of her three children involved a lack of money. Now she leaves the two oldest children in a state boarding school and focuses on taking care of the youngest one at home. She gets a new boyfriend who is able to come see her on the weekends, and that brightens up her life for awhile until she foolishly ends their relationship by taking up with another man, not nearly as worthwhile. Her mistake is painfully apparent when the second boyfriend leaves her for someone else. Depressed, yet ready to continue her fight to successfully pass probation, Nina listens to her social worker about how to manage finances a little better. Her battle is far from over, but with the help of this social worker who has been there through thick and thin, Nina might stand a good chance yet of keeping her children.
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