Cancer treatment has ravaged Flora Adams's body, not to mention her marriage and her spirit. She plans a visit with her aging aunt to recuperate, but a chance detour introduces her to Mac Milhaney, an old man who both aggravates and mesmerizes her.
Set in desolate west Texas, the novel is peopled with a palette of interesting characters that range from the county sheriff who was Flora's former lover to a punk rocker with all the answers. Flora's detour turns into a labyrinth of emotions that seems to her to have as little cohesion as an old-fashioned crazy quilt. But healing, like love, turns up in the most unexpected of places.