John lives with his partner Eric and their adopted daughter Monica in Southern California. His father Willis is a farmer who belongs to a much more traditional era and family pattern than his son’s. When Willis travels to Los Angeles for a permanent stay with John’s family in search of a place to retire in old age, their two very different worlds collide. Willis’s demeanor is caustic, but also funny – with outbursts that upset his liberal family. This makes him lovable in the eyes of his niece, but it turns out to be too much for John, bringing back old wounds and creating new ones. With Willis’s memory rapidly declining, his thoughts return to his first wife, Gwen, a love that still haunts him. Father and son deal with the events that tore them apart and their different memories of Gwen, going from darkness to light, from anger and jealousy to acceptance, laughter and hard-won grace.