17-year-old Cally (Clea DuVall) now lives with her father on a houseboat, after spending the first five years of her life in a commune. Cally's mother was a free spirit who was allegedly forced to go underground for political reasons, but her absence leaves a gap in the teen tearaway's life until she meets Sabine (Daryl Hannah), a 34-year-old runaway eccentric. The two meet at a concert, and gradually form a close friendship, trading secrets and getting into trouble together. But while Cally's father begins to fear that she is slipping away from him, could it be possible that she has at last discovered the mother she believed was lost forever?
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Marin county, 1985, Cally a 17 year old girl, was brought up for the first 5 years of her life in the idyllic chaos of a commune, and has lived since then with her father on a house boat. Her father is gallant and sweet but not always successful in his efforts to hold onto her and their makeshift home. her mother was the hero, or so the story goes, having gone underground for political reasons when Cally was born. And then there's Sabine. She is the most beautiful woman in the world. A runaway who has been running for 34 years. After a long absence. Sabine is drawn back to San Fransico by the impending death of her oldest and only trusted friend. A homecoming for a woman that doesn't want to come home. Cally follows Sabine, pursues her, and gradually is allowed in. They go out and get into trouble, stay in and trade deep secrets. Meanwhile her father is desperate, trying his best to hold on to a daughter slipping from his grasp and into adulthood. But the more involved Cally becomes in Sabine's life, the more she hungers for connection. Then the cue begins Cally follows them like a thread.