Henry, a Thoreau-obsessed military brat, moves to Los Angeles where he hopes to settle down. As he spends his days working and writing poetry, he wonders if he has a life. When he falls for Maggie, everything changes.
In the fall of 1952 in Oak Hill, West Virginia,
a new housekeeper and her daughter arrive at the home of a coal baron. Two hapless ne'er do wells mistake the child as the baron's daughter, and lay plans ...