At 29, Lucinda Trout is trying to live the hip life in the fast pace of New York City. Her life (as it were) consists of a tiny, rat-infested, over-priced apartment, a maddening boss, a cadre of shallow friends, and minor celebrity status as the lifestyle correspondent for a local talk show. Tired of reporting on thong underwear and yogurt, Lucinda jumps at her boss' offer to send her on assignment, reporting on methamphetamine addiction in the small Midwestern town of Prairie City. In Prairie City, Lucinda finds a beautiful simplicity she hadn't thought possible. With visions of Sam Shepard dancing in her head, she relocates to Prairie City to produce “The Quality of Life Reports” – talk show segments designed to sell New Yorkers a first-hand glimpse at life in the provinces. But life in Prairie City doesn't turn out to be as simple as it looks. Armed with only an idealized image of the community she has come to exploit, Lucinda falls for (and moves into a barn with) a local man, Mason Clay. Life begins to unravel as Lucinda contends with Mason's children, farm life, the harsh prairie winter, and finally darker secrets.
This report prepared by Jennifer Martin-Romme