Goodness : His father died a martyr's death. In her small, Methodist way, his mother is a saint. But George is more pragmatic. And more "realistic." He believes life is worth living only if it is happy, if it has a certain dignity. But then he loses his job; his unconventional, open marriage misfires; and his wife gives birth to a deformed, retarded daughter. George is forced to reassess his views on commitment, family, and religion, as he proceeds from one moral compromise to another. Ultimately, his notion of "goodness" is one that does not flinch from even the most desperate measures. . . .