Elizabeth Bass grew up the youngest of four siblings in rural Texas, where she spent summers watching old movies and dreaming of living in a town big enough to have an Icee machine. She now resides in Montreal with her husband.
The death of Bev’s estranged sister, Diana, leaves her in a maelstrom of remorse. She longs to provide a stable home for Diana’s 14-year-old daughter, Alabama. All Alabama knows about Aunt Bev is what her mother told her --- and none of it was good. In desperation, Alabama sets out to find her late father’s family. Instead she learns of the complicated history between her mother and aunt, and how guilt can shut down a life.