As teenagers rebellion would set in to the point where we would sneak out the house with friends. This movie details that. It also takes on the violence in the home, alcoholism, and criticism within the family, and the running away. My teen days were like that, except for the violence (it was mostly anger, and I did get help too). As the family realizes the damage they've caused, they also get help as well. Their teenage daughter gets probation, breaks up with her no-good boyfriend, and starts over.