Gage and her cinematographer husband Tom Betterton home in on two friends in particular, Lena and Ginger. Lena is trying to enter adulthood and enjoy the ride along the way, but her obligation to her struggling family—plagued by homelessness, joblessness, and mental illness—threatens to interrupt her education and growth as an individual. Ginger, on the other hand, fears aging above all else, and imposes upon herself a state of arrested development. When Lena moves off to college, Ginger stays behind with the intention of pursuing an acting career but is regularly berated by her family, who she still depends on, for making too weak an effort. Though best friends in high school, the two follow entirely different trajectories under entirely different forces.