Three sisters return home to take care of their handicapped brother, mentally ill grandmother who believes she is Amelia Earhart, and their mother's bakery when she has to undergo heart
bipasssurgery. These sisters, Isabelle, a photographer, Janie, a crime writer, and Cecilia, a kindergarden teacher, grew up with this mentally and emotionally abusive mother who suffered from mental illness and depression after their father left them to deal with his own mental breakdown after returning from Vietnam where he was held as a POW. Their mother was only able to show love to their brother Henry who was a mentally handicapped and sickly child. Cecilia remained in the same town of Trillium River where her mother, grandmother, and brother lived in her grandmother's home. She coped with her mother's abuse by overeating. Janie and Isabelle had both moved away. Janie coped with her childhood scars with her obsessive compulsions of tapping, counting, and checking things. Isabelle coped by having one-night stands with many men. When the three women reunite with a common goal, they rekindle their relationships. They find that they are better together than apart. When tragedy strikes, they realize that together they can overcome all obstacles put in their paths including the elephant in the road which is their mother.