Nineteen-year-old Patricia Sawyer's life hit a sudden detour in May 1946 when she experienced a devastating trauma that sent her spiraling through a decade of disillusion. She paints a personal picture of what was going on in the U.S. just after World War II by telling stories of her experiences with such things as rationing, victory gardens, the USO, and servicemen she knew and loved. After graduating from the University of Texas in 1949 as a drama major, she moved to New York, where jazz was at its zenith in places like Harlem, the Savoy, and Birdland. She tells graphic stories of succumbing to the temptations of big city life, the difficulties of making it as an actress, and encounters with johns, pimps, expensive call girls,and celebrities such as Johnny Mathis, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, and others. Failing to hit the big time in New York theater, she begins to realize that her life has taken a dangerous turn with no promising future and returns to Texas and to a path that leads her to the husband, motherhood, and family life she had always desired. She invites you to share her hopes and lessons she learns over five decades of marriage and creativity, because she believes that change is possible for everyone as long as they learn to believe in themselves and never give up.