When one or two of the characters try to escape their own families, they find themselves taken in by one that works for them.
For example, Rayna finds herself welcomed by the colourful Chester family when she is forced to run away from the clutches of her landlord. But she later finds that as comfortable as it is within the Chester household, the family isn't all it seems.
We see also a tug of love as Ruby's very happy home is suddenly taken from her and she has to choose between a posh Notting Hill house and the flat above the pub, where she was born and raised.
I hope I haven't painted family life in the novel as all doom and gloom. There are some tender moments and in many respects, all members of the cast have someone they can depend on and a sense of family, even if it isn't conventional.