The year is 1982. Twenty-eight-year-old would-be writer Cecile abandons her life in San Francisco to accept a teaching position in a small California coast town. Forced to move quickly, she rents a unit in a complex meant for the elderly and handicapped. Wounded by a failed relationship and caught in the flurry of first-year teaching, Cecile feels overwhelmed and isolated. But her new neighbors won’t leave her alone. A series of thefts, a romance between two tenants, a fire, and a murder propel Cecile toward a life-changing decision....