How easy it is to judge - without having all the knowledge to form a proper opinion? Anna was the sort of woman, women envy. Tall, beautiful, wealthy and elegant, wife and mother. She was also a regular member of the congregation at her local church. Anna also does voluntary work and on the surface her life seemed without reproach. She was well respected within the community although slightly unapproachable and remote. But behind this facade of respectability was a woman with a secret, living a life that bore no reality to what her external appearance portrayed. With her family away for the summer, Anna is enticed into an affair with a younger man who is looking for a summer dalliance. After a turbulent start, their relationship grows into a love affair. Anna knows that dark secrets are often hard to keep as sometimes you have to satisfy your own need to tell, and in a moment of indiscretion, she confides something that happened in her past. The reaction she received was not as anticipated. This admission by Anna, sets of truly life changing events for her and her family. PROMISE ME regards a human dilemma, a diabolical act and a new beginning that finally resolves a troubled conscience – albeit with humane retribution.
Why does Cindy, who is a beautiful, educated seventeen year-old girl from a good, middle-class background, suddenly, on precipitation of a broken promise, make what seems to be a random, frightening, vicious and unsubstantiated accusation? Family secrets and hidden tensions underline psychological and social disturbances as we try to understand the motives, denials and lies that perpetuate the trauma the family is plunged into. It becomes evident that there is far more to the accusation than is immediately apparent. Although Cindy is competent and convincing, further incidents unfold which cast doubt as to her honesty. When the truth is finally revealed, Cindy then finds her resolve tested to the absolute limit. Years later, the answer to the unasked question – did Cindy say it all an hour too soon? – is finally resolved.