A Taste of Honey is set in Salford in North West England in the 1950s.
It tells the story of Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl, and her mother, Helen, who is presented as crude and sexually indiscriminate.
Helen leaves Jo alone in their new flat after she begins a relationship with Peter, a rich lover who is younger than she.
At the same time Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor. He proposes marriage but then goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone. She finds lodgings with a homosexual acquaintance, Geoffrey, who assumes the role of surrogate father.
Helen returns after leaving her lover and the future of Jo's new home is put into question.