When Pauline walked into his mother's store in the Polish neighborhood of Baltimore, Michael felt she was the one. Both young and good-looking - with the uncertainty and fervor of World War II only adding to their passion - Pauline and Michael seemed to be made for each other. Hastily married, the two soon after discovered just how mismatched they really are. Pauline's impulsive and impractical hit-or-miss approach to life is nothing like Michael's cautious and judgmental plodding - this, among other differences, causing them years of disagreement and painful arguing. When, years later, their 17-year-old daughter disappears, the estranged couple is left with no choice but to rescue their grandson Pagan from Haight Ashbury and raise him themselves.