From a mother meeting her son’s murderer, to a wife’s despair and desire for revenge when her beloved cat dies, this is a collection of stories about troubled lives. The protagonists struggle to cope in adversity, some finding themselves capable of unexpected courage and resilience, but for others adapting to their difficult circumstances appears impossible. In the title story, a newly retired husband becomes obsessed with environmental issues, bringing his marriage to crisis point. ‘Son’ explores the dilemma of discovering a family crime, whether to expose it, or assist concealing the evidence. In ‘Just for a While’ a foster child knows the understanding and stability she finds with her new carer will be short-lived. A middle-aged man falls in love for the first time in 'Catalina', but at what cost? A study of human nature, in which grief, abuse, and disability are explored. Step into the microcosm of another person’s experience, understand their dilemma, ask: how would you cope?