When Ava Johnson is ostracized from her successful Atlanta hair salon after she tests positive for HIV, she goes to stay with her sister in this small, all-black, lakeside community on her way to a new life in San Francisco. She finds her sister Joyce running a church-based support group for young mothers whose husbands or boyfriends are abusive, negligent, and unemployed. Joyce is beginning to make a difference in the lives of these women when the new preacher’s wife discontinues the meetings. Ava also gets reacquainted with Eddie Jefferson, who had been the best friend to Joyce’s now deceased husband, and who is now Joyce’s friend and protector. As Joyce temporarily adopts one of the town’s unwanted babies, and tries to find a new place to hold her meetings, Ava and Eddie find themselves helping Joyce together, and they fall in love. As two young men begin to burglarize the homes of the elderly, and the preacher’s wife pulls strings to get Joyce’s baby taken away, all three find themselves involved in a war to save the sanity of the town.