Love and sex complicate the lives of Nora Evans (Brooke Adams) and her two teenage daughters in this smart, sassy film about coming of age in a small New Mexico town. Seventeen-year-old Trudi Evans (Ione Skye) is beautiful, rebellious and very promiscuous - much to the dismay of her mother. Her younger sister, Shade (Fairuza Balk), fantasizes about love while watching afternoon movie matinees. And Nora auditions a colorful cast of suitors while waiting tables in the local diner. Life takes a wild turn when Trudi announces that she's pregnant, and the father of her baby mysteriously disappears. The girls' long lost father (James Brolin) appears out of nowhere, hoping to make up for lost time. Shaping their lives in unpredictable ways, each new change teaches Nora and her daughters about love, life and each other..