Mae Rose, is a self-confessed 'nothinger'. Her dad has called her Mae-be from the day she was born. She's his bundle of possibilities. All her life she's proven him right. She gets good grades but is not the sportiest, coolest or cleverest girl in school. Mae-be has no siblings to hate and no history of abuse, self or otherwise. When she finds herself pregnant, Mae-be has a lot to learn. She learns the hypocrisy of some, the kindness of others and the need for making a life after she brings one into the world. Along the way she learns a lot about herself, via her mother's story. Ma, as Mae calls her, had her own, illegitimate child at twenty. In the days when the legal voting age was twenty-one, and women weren't worth educating, she was forced to give her daughter up for adoption. Two weeks after adoptive legislation changes, the phone rings and her daughter wants to speak with her. Mae-be Roses follows a mother's story, from rumour, to truth, to a touching reunion.