90-year-old Opal refutes disheartened nursing home aide's accusation that living on the prairie is an empty life.
Denounced for an empty life by nursing home aide Jesi, 90-year-old Opal tells her story. Opal shares her conflict to find her identity in a time period when society expected women to unquestioningly obey their husbands. By recounting various friendships, a failed romance, and eventual marriage, what emerges is a story about the need to balance compromise without compromising self. Her struggles resulted in a five-year separation from her husband and an affair. It was only by entering into a relationship with God that Opal could overcome the guilt of adultery and fight for her marriage. Opal conveys to Jesi that her life parallels the prairie in that it was not empty but rather rich and full.