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Jane is a single mom whose kindergarten-aged son, Ziggy, was born as a result of Jane being raped at the age of 19. Jane loves her son dearly but also worries about the kind of person he will grow up to be, given that his father is a horrific person....

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Jane is a single mom whose kindergarten-aged son, Ziggy, was born as a result of Jane being raped at the age of 19. Jane loves her son dearly but also worries about the kind of person he will grow up to be, given that his father is a horrific person. Jane is a skeptical person who is easily wary of people.

Ziggy is the young son of Jane and is repeatedly accused of bullying a classmate. These accusations seem to confirm Jane's fears. However, Ziggy finally writes down the name of the boy who is actually the bully in class.

Madeline is a re-married mom who is concerned that her daughter from her first marriage is forming a closer bond with her step mother than with Madeline. Madeline does not want to lose her closeness with her daughter. Madeline is also bold and full of humor. She quickly befriends Jane when they meet on the way to their children's school.

Celeste is a seemingly immensely successful and beautiful mother and wife who is married to Perry. She has two kindergarten-aged boys and also befriends Jane. Celeste desperately attempts to keep up her image as an ideal wife and mother, but she is being physically abused by Perry and she eventually is unable to keep up the lies she has fabricated to avoid facing the reality of her situation. When Celeste finally escapes her abusive situation she beings to speak to audiences about domestic violence.

Max and Josh are Celeste's two young sons. They are full of energy and appear to be happy, healthy children. However, Max, in particular, is picking up abusive patterns from his father, Perry. Max turns out to be the person who is bullying Ziggy's classmate. When Celeste finds this out, she knows she must change her situation so her boys don't grow up to also be abusers through learned behaviors.

Perry is Celeste's abusive husband. Perry is cunning and unremorseful about the hurt he has caused. Perry is eventually revealed to be his alias "Saxon Banks", who, until he is found out, refers to as his cousin. Saxon Banks, AKA Perry, is revealed to be the person who raped Jane.

Bonnie is Madeline's ex-husband's new wife. She is not close to the women and is resented by Madeline. However, Bonnie comes to the defense of Celeste when Perry hits her. Bonnie pushes him off a balcony to save Celeste and reveals that she grew up with an abusive father. Madeline and the other women become closer to Bonnie and vow to protect her from any consequences for pushing Perry to his death.

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