Greenie Duquette lavishes most of her passionate energy on her Greenwich Village bakery and her young son. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart. At Walter's restaurant, the visiting governor of New Mexico tastes Greenie's coconut cake and decides to woo her away to be his chef.
For reasons both ambitious and desperate, she accepts-heading west without her husband. This impulsive decision, along with events beyond Greenie's control, will change the course of several lives around her.