Halfway Home : Alexis Donleavy should be on top of the world. She shares a spacious apartment with her successful husband and has earned a reputation as one of New York City's top interior designers. It's a wonderful life . . . in anyone's eyes but her own. Some days she dreams of escaping her empty, passionless marriage. Some days she grieves for the happiness she never managed to find. And every day, every hour, she desperately longs for her mother, Maggie. Growing up dirt-poor in west Texas, Maggie Royal aimed for greatness - and as a Hollywood actress, she achieved it. Now, many years later, she has agreed to a rare, revealing interview about her life. Slowly, painfully, the memories come pouring forth . . . until she must finally look back to the day she abandoned her eight-year-old daughter - leaving nothing but a diamond tiara and an old scrapbook to remember her by. But to Alexis, Maggie is more than the beautiful face in the photographs, more than the haunting voice in her dreams. Her mother is the one loss she has never stopped mourning. Growing up, the pain nearly destroyed her - but now she has found solace in her volunteer work at Brian House, a home for disadvantaged teens. Alexis thinks about her sheltered life, and wonders what she could possibly have in common with these tough, street-wise kids. But when she looks into their troubled, frightened eyes, she knows. . .