Fiercely independent Tula Bouvier Jeeters is living out her golden years in the sprawling but crumbling country home she shared with her beloved late husband. Intensely private, she's also wary of visitors, especially the likes of Billie and Dave, her deceased husband's niece and nephew, and country social worker Jan Kyles. It's their job to see to Tula's welfare-like vultures-and to count the days when she can be recommended for "assisted living." The only man on Tula's side is the hopelessly romantic Doc Abrams, the town's last true gentlemen. But the final years of the aging Southern belle aren't as predictable as everyone thinks. Her routine is unexpectedly shaken by the arrival of drifters Hank Ford and his daughter Cali, nine-going-on-thirty and every bit the experienced con that her father is. Hank and Cali size up Tula as a quick mark, someone to take advantage of and then move on. But Tula's no fool. She sees the pair as her last hope and plans to take them in as boarders so they can help with the upkeep of her home. For Hank and Cali, it sure beats living out of their convertible. However, when Billie encounters Hank's slick charms firsthand, her suspicions, as well as those of the local sheriff, are soon roused.