A Politician's Sin
The course of the narrative of Yesterday Dawns Today spans a number of years; the focal point begins in Madison, Wisconsin in the mid-1950's. A relationship between Jenny Singleton and Regs Snow, a married man, begins when she is involved in an accident with him and his wife, Sarah. After the collapse of his unstable marriage, Regs pursues his relationship with Jenny until Sarah interferes by luring Regs back to her, leaving Jenny to bear his child. She is, at that point, welcomed into the life of Margy Drake, a woman who has a similar sense of hope for an older man named Sean Kilkelly who becomes part of their family when they marry. Fate, helped by Margy, finally brings Regs back into Jenny's life so that she can confront him about the pain he has caused her by leaving, despite his ignorance to the fact that she was pregnant. Other relationships associated with these characters are the love that develops between Annie, Jenny's daughter, and Mike Straw, a Madison detective. Mike must also make several difficult choices in his own life. At the end, Regs expresses his true love for Jenny by making her, along with Annie, the inheritors in his vast estate.