After a fifteen-year absence, Ronnie Ventana’s high school friend Analisa Bugatti shows up in San Francisco with a couple of babies in tow. Mid-lunch at a Chinatown restaurant, Analisa vanishes. But the kids don’t.
Is Analisa in trouble, or simply criminally irresponsible? Ronnie opts for the benefit of the doubt, skips the bureaucratic quagmire of Child Protective Services, and temporarily stashes the kids with a grumbling Blackie Coogan while she sets off to find her friend.
What she uncovers is a web of lies and failed loyalties, where the babies are the currency and not the only losers in a high stakes game of greed and need.