Dolores Claiborne has been accused of murdering her empoyer, the northamerican millionaire Vera Donovan. Dolores denies it. Her evidence are not only the time that she was her maid, but the fact that in the past they had been accomplises. In the seventies Vera Donovan encouraged Dolores to act against Joe St. George; Dolores´ husband. One day, while the still young maid, found out that her husband wanted to rape their adolescent daughter. His own daughter! The young girl had fallen in a deep depression. After a long time of refusing to talk, carried by despair, decides to tell her mother how her father had already rape her. Besides the man had withdraw from the bank Dolores´ savings to pay for their kids collage education. Desperate, Dolores confesses to her employer. *An accident can, sometimes, be an unhappy woman best friend*. Was Vera´s answer. Days after, Mr. Donovan began to place newspaper clips in the kitchen board. Clip that talk about a great solar eclipse that will be seen on July 20th, 1963. Dolores understands, but at first only plays with the idea. Until the big day arrives when everyone in Jonesport and Little Tall Island are watching the eclipse. Dolores is sitting next to her husband in the garden. Dolores awaits while a gust of sadness and fear eclipses her mind and heart. _________ . _________ From its first pages this novel catches the reader and takes it not only to the usual panic atmosphere of King´s stories, but also to look close to some defects and characteristics of the northamerican society hidden by the advertisement machinery called "American Dream".