A sarcoma soap (Love Life is much longer-suffering than Love Story), which begins when Helen, fifteen and only child of all-too-understanding Amanda, has her first sexual experience and asks, ""Do I look different?"" Before long she does--she's pregnant and has to have an ectopic procedure while the other ovary is also removed since it's malignant. This for the girl whose mother thought she was just meant to have babies. Years later (the doctor she hoped to marry is killed in the war) she becomes the surrogate mother of a disturbed child whose mother had also died of cancer and whose father, Norm, becomes Helen's husband for all the time that's left before she dies of an exotic form of you-know-what. But there's more than sorrow under the bedclothes--a lot of aching soft-core sex. Helen is indeed ""a very beautiful human being""--who's to begrudge her anything except that appalling nobility.