When Esther Greenwood wins an internship, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, her life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.
Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever.
Three women in fairly happy marriages, question the sacrifices they make, the choices to support their spouses, to take control of their own needs, and settle for the humdrum lifestyle they are accustomed to. Together they bond and make the changes in their lives that afford everyone some happiness and empowerment.