When Lila Moore inherits her grandfather's house, she finds herself in a small Midwestern town where margarine is never an acceptable substitution for butter, a coveted family recipe can serve as currency, and the friend who will take your darkest secrets to the grave will still never give you the secret to her prize-winning begonias. Lila is charmed by the people of Auburn, from the blue-eyed lawyer with the Southern drawl to the little old lady who unceasingly tries to set Lila up with her grandson.
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Mina Fairchild keeps to herself. Her secluded life protects the secrets she hides, as well as a certain peculiarity that even people in the colorful town of Auburn, Nebraska find strange. But when her movie-star sister Bernadette shows up on her sofa, Mina's cozy bungalow is overrun with paparazzi. One dark-eyed reporter seems to see straight into Mina's soul and her world begins to crumble. It's bad enough when he noses around her secrets, but then he starts digging for information about her mother.