Mellie's job as a stripper, as well as her proclivity for drinking, swearing and getting into fistfights, has made her the talk of the town. Nettie feels that Mellie has brought shame on the family name. When Mellie's ex-boyfriend Robbie -- the love of her life -- returns to town, he unwittingly turns her wild and carefree world upside down and forces Mellie to re-evaluate the direction her life is headed. Robbie's very presence in town shines a light on Mellie's bad behavior, and Mellie wonders if bucking tradition is everything she thought it was cracked up to be. Just as Mellie opens herself to the possibility of love and marriage, her ex-con mother, Lottie Mae, gets released from prison, unleashing a hornet's nest of fighting and fury for everyone in the Stanley family.