The stories of two women—one leading a life of poverty and the other of privilege—are braided together around a mythic chorus of grandmothers who frame and share their experience of motherhood, adoption, addiction, sexual abuse, guilt, and body narrative.
Jolene is alone and pregnant, and dealing with memories of sexual trauma and motherlessness. Knowing she is not able to care for them, Jolene gives her twin babies up for adoption. Beth, a painter, having lost a baby that she desperately wanted, sets her hopes on adopting an Anishinaabe newborn, and, unaware, she adopts Jolene’s twins. Years later, both women, driven by inadequacy and guilt, but also by resilience and survival, embark on healing journeys—Jolene through the Ojibway sweatlodge; Beth through painting—that will bring their lives to a point of mythic intersection despite physical separation.