Erma Lee is on the run . . . Running from an abusive husband . . . running from a mother who doesn't care - never cared. Running from a soul-numbing factory job that has held her down her entire life . . .
Erma Lee and her granddaughter, Cher, flee to the town of Wiregrass, Alabama, to escape the past and start over - or so Erma Lee thinks. Erma Lee forms an unlikely friendship with Miss Claudia, an elderly socialite who is hiding a few details about her own past. Life in Wiregrass is different for Erma Lee and Cher, for here they find mercy and promise - until, that is, the day Cher's convict father arrives in town, forcing all three women to come to terms with buried secrets.