Can a mother's love heal the deepest wounds of a daughter's heart?
That's the challenge for Dolly Devereaux, a thirty-something divorced mother from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dolly has spent twenty years fighting tooth and nail to break free from the grasping tentacles of her poor, rural origins and work her way into the middle class. But can Dolly save April, her rebellious 18-year-old daughter, from the neglect of her absentee father and seduction by a local drug dealer and the exciting, dangerous world he offers? First, Dolly has to understand her own unrealistic relationships in order to reach her lost daughter.
This powerful, emotional story weaves its way through the secret worlds of teenagers and the lives of the parents and grandparents who try to guide and nurture them. In this troubled time when love and loyalty are tested, a family must discover where their true bonds lie and escape their misconceptions of love.
The tale is set against the gaudy backdrop of tourist-crazy Myrtle Beach, the epicenter of The Redneck Riviera. There, four women clash and ultimately forge the intensely loving, supportive family none of them were born into.