Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away, dreams of visIts by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood. But when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Like most older women, Emily is a familiar yet invisible figure, one rarely portrayed so honestly. Her mingled feelings-of pride and regret, joy and sorrow --- are gracefully rendered in wholly unexpected ways.