It hasn't been a good day. Early in the day, Bonnie Mason received a call from her daughter who said she had moved in with her green-haired, sometimes-working, quasi-musician boyfriend. Livvy's moving two thousand miles away to go to college had been hard enough on Bonnie. As she got ready to leave work at the end of the day, she was called into the conference room and handed a surprise gift... a severance check. Ready for a nice hot bath and a glass of wine, she pulled into her driveway to see a "For Sale" sign in her yard. Thinking someone made a mistake, she opens the door to see her home cleared of it's furniture. Ready to call the police and her husband to report a burglary, she notices papers on the counter. It's a note from David, her husband telling her he's left her for his twenty-something pregnant girlfriend. He had filed for divorce. He even took the mad-money jar on the refrigerator. Not a good day at all.
Though she's lived in Chicago for twenty years, it's never felt like home. Now, this unemployed, soon-to-be-divorced empty nester is panicked. In her Motel 6 room, she tries to make sense of it all. She feels she has to get away, but where? Her only family is her twin brother, CW, and a sweet aunt in Bayou Okatrois, Louisiana. So, homeless, confused, and looking back on a life that wasn't what she had planned, she boards a plane headed south.