Careless People is a story of family and friends living in Corona del Mar, a small beach community in Southern California. It is set in a time when Orange County was transforming from quiet fields of orange trees into large developments and busy freeways.
Life is about growing and changing, but when it threatens to destroy their personal and family values, will they have the strength to resist? Cindy Gorham is a mother struggling to balance family life with her own need for independence. When her new friend, Grace Brougham, enters her life, she is motivated to explore her own interests and passions. Grace introduces Cindy to Jack Miller, the handsome owner of Green Dolphin Realty. He convinces her she has the potential to become a great salesperson.
New housing tracts in the hills of Newport Beach are paving the way for financial success as “new money” pours into the area. Jack Miller’s magical charms cast Cindy on a trail in pursuit of wealth, liberation, and love. Soon after, though, Cindy finds the road she is on inevitably leads to greed, eroding ethics and ultimately murder.
Careless People is a cautionary tale of misplaced trust and priorities. It is a story of characters longing for simpler times, but they find it is hard to hold on to the past while reaching for the future. Like Dorothy found out in the Land of Oz, there’s no place like home.