Ruth and Walter constantly quarrel about things. They never agree on anything and can never seem to find peace in their relationship. They love each other but often disagree on things like how Walter spends his money or uses it, or how Walter spends his time. While not able to constantly see eye-to-eye, their marriage is still strong enough that they can stay together.
Ruth is at conflict with herself because she is torn between having an abortion and keeping it. If she keeps it, she won't be able to support it, but if she gets rid of it, her family would be upset.
Living in the 1950's, the Younger family lives in a predominantly white neighborhood and people are unhappy with this. They are struggling to make lives for themselves and to provide for one another but still try to stay positive and work together. Walter tries to make money from investing in a store with a friend, but alas, his friend betrayed him and took all his money.