Life in a small never seemed easy, but for Mitsy (Meghan Greeley) it is especially rough. Abandoned by her crack-addicted mother (Cheryl Mills), Mitsy is left to be brought up by her temperamental grandmother, Bride (Mary Walsh), who has good intentions but is harshly overbearing. Mitsy's dreams of becoming a hairdresser, but her current emotional well-being revolves around a small dog named Sparky, an unwanted canine that she becomes very attached to. After Bride agrees to let Mitsy keep the dog, the teen tries desperately to give Sparky a comfortable home . But Mitsy's life is shaken once more when her troubled mother returns home. Mitsy is thrilled to have her mother home again, but Bride wants nothing to do with her deadbeat daughter. The constant turmoil and conflict has created a total dysfunctional family. At the same time, Mitsy has discovered her emerging sexuality and is developing a crush on a young man who has no future. For Mitsy it's a question of how do you hold onto love and hope when you're surrounded by hopelessness?