It's a cold, grey winter in this working-class town - a quiet oceanside community where not much changes day to day, month to month, year to year. Claudia (Lauren Holly) works at the diner. She lives with Michael (Jon Bon Jovi), a guy she's known forever. He's good to her. They're comfortable together. After work, they go over to the local bar. They hang out with friends. She's got a steady job. A steady friend. A steady...life. That is until Charlie (Edward Burns) shows up. A few years ago he dumped Claudia, broke her heart, and just...disappeared. Now he's back to pick up where he left off, and to take Claudia away with him to...well, any place but this place. Charlie was the one with big plans, the hopes, the dreams. For Claudia, it's time to make the choice...To follow her dreams. All she has to do is figure out what they are.