A doting wife and mother becomes Public Enemy No. 1 in 1950s England when the police learn she\'s performing abortions for poor, pregnant women.A doting wife and mother becomes Public Enemy No. 1 in 1950s England when the police catch wind of what she does for a living.Mrs. Drake believes she\'s just helping young girls by setting them straight, but others don\'t take such a kind view of what Vera\'s actually doing--that is, performing illegal abortions. When one of Vera\'s patients almost dies, it sets in motion a tragic series of events. The scandal evokes a fiendish debate in all of English society, while the Drake family is torn apart by conflicting views on the right of poor, pregnant women to choose not to have their babies.