A collection of tales based on the short stories of A.M. Homes. In suburban America, Paul Gold (Joshua Jackson) lies in a coma, nursed by his mother Esther (Glenn Close). Nearby, Annette Jennings (Patricia Clarkson) is trying to get her life back on track after a messy divorce. Workaholic Jim Train (Dermot Mulroney) realises that his family doesn't need him anymore. Meanwhile, Helen Christianson (Mary Kay Place) is bored with her husband and her life.