Claudia still lives in the small working class Long Island town where she grew up. She works as a waitress in the local diner and never acted upon her dreams of getting out and doing something better with her life. Charlie is her ex-boyfriend; he has returned home after an absence of three or four years. He left Claudia (and town) while she was having an abortion after getting pregnant with his child. Now he wants her back. Claudia, however, is now living with Charlie’s friend Michael. Michael wants to marry her, stay where they are, and raise a family, but Claudia isn’t ready. She’s been resisting Charlie’s attempts to break up her relationship, but now her resolve is weakening.