Her Mum tries to help Alice to cope with the death of her granddad. She tries to take her mind off her worries and make her look into the future. They talk about Alice´s idea to become a social worker or something in that area, and her mother is very understanding.
Her Dad takes her with him to an anti-war rally at the university. He talks to her as though she is an adult and that´s what makes her feel important and accepted. He also tells her that the whole family is behind her and that she has to be adult and strong when she finds a joint in her purse.
One day Alice gets to know Joel in the library. He´s a nice student and the two young people soon make friends. When her Grandma dies he gives her a lot of strengh and offers her to come over. Joel helps her with his presence and his mature thoughts about death and life.
Also her younger brother Tim supports her. He´s just thirteen, but he surprises Alice with very mature thoughts too. He offers her to be her contact.