Edna a teenage,confused,unmarried mother who has escaped from a remand home,leaves her baby at the Convent with a promise to collect him in two weeks.A generation clash occurs between the elder sisters and young Sister Benedict as they decide what to do next.
The sisters need a day nursery, and not having enough money, decide to do some of the work themselves in converting an old building. This brings them into conflict with the 'brothers' of the trade union movement which results in a comical situation.
Patrick Daley accuses his teacher, a nun, of abuse; when using a ruler in class to discipline him. The palms on his hands are badly marked. Later we find he is seeking attention because of his parents abusive relationship, and his fathers alcohol dependence at home. Patick has been rubbing his palms on the school railings.Eventually the truth is discovered and calm returns to the mission.