Sawako's (Hikari Mitsushima) life has hit a dead end. Five years ago she left her hometown to head to Tokyo, an impulsive move precipitated by her love for a handsome tennis player. That relationship soon went sour and Sawako found herself on her own, trying to make ends meet in the nation's capital. One low-paying day job after another has kept Sawako housed and fed, but one deadbeat boyfriend after another has left her disillusioned, swilling beer and with a nasty case of constipation. Her latest beau Kenichi is no better than his predecessors - he's unemployed, plus he has a young daughter in two, the child of a previous failed marriage. Something has to change in Sawako's life, but she soon learns that you can't always choose the form of that change. When her father is diagnosed with terminal cirrhosis of the liver Sawako has no other choice but to return to her hometown. Will this unhappy event be the one that will finally kick start her existence?