It's just a greasy spoon and a rusty gas pump, but for Jasmin (Marianne Sagebrecht), a German housewife on holiday who's dumped her husband in the middle of the Mojave, Bagdad Cafe appears as an oasis amid the dunes. Until, that is, she checks into the cafe's ramshackle motel and tangles with its bad-tempered owner. Brenda (CCH Pounder) is sloppy, loud, and overworked, with too many kids and no patience for strangers. Armed with a mop and a magic kit. Jasmin transforms this desolate dump into a popular roadside attraction.