Small-town drama. In the small town of Shelbyville, Tennessee in 1978, five local teenagers are suddenly sent into a frenzy when they learn of the return of homegrown movie star, Sondra Locke. Clancy and Melora, best friends on the verge of falling in love, set out with friends Bobbie, Ray, and Glen to track down the star in hopes of grabbing onto her 'fur coattail' and hightailing it to Hollywood.
Interwoven with the hijinks of the teens is the tragic story of Clancy's wounded parents, whose lives are unfolding behind closed doors. Clancy's father, Billy, has suffered recent personal and financial misfortunes. Paralysed with guilt and grief, Billy leads him and his wife, Joan, down the dark path of failure and self-destruction. Joan valiantly fights to hold the family together while trying to protect Clancy from the fallout.
The unique, real-life town of Shelbyville, Tennessee sets the stage for this journey of hope told through the eyes of Clancy, a teenager who witnesses the damage and heartache of the broken human spirit while discovering the possibilities of what the future holds in store.