It’s summer on Nantucket, and as the season begins, three
women arrive at the airport, observed by Josh, a local boy who is home from
college. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious
emotional issues, the women—two sisters and one friend—make their way to the
sisters’ tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They’re all trying to escape
from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, discovered her
husband’s infidelity and then her own pregnancy; Brenda embarked on a
passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious
job as a professor in New York; Brenda’s sister Vickie, mother to two small
boys, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic
household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more,
while the women confront their pasts and map out their futures.
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