Teenager Ruthie and mother Rita live on the brink of poverty. Slammed out of the house, they decide to move to the east with the hope of a better life. Without money available, they end up in a small town where things start to run for the best. Not everything goes as it should: as soon as Rita buys a house for them all thanks to a loan, luck turns her back on the two women. Faced with the prospect of being left without a roof to live on, Rita will end up paying too high a price that will change their lives forever.