Meet the Troutmans. Hattie is living in Paris, city of romance, but has just been dumped by her boyfriend.
Min, her sister back in Canada, is going through a particularly dark period. And Min's two kids, Logan and Thebes, are not talking and talking way too much, respectively.
When Hattie receives a phone call from eleven-year-old Thebes, begging her to return to Canada, she arrives home to find Min on her way to a psychiatric ward, and becomes responsible for her niece and nephew.
Realising that she is way out of her league, Hattie hatches a plan to find the kids' long-lost father.
With only the most tenuous lead to go on, she piles Logan and Thebes into the family van, and they head south . . .