It all starts when the bank takes Sugar and her mother Reba's beloved little house. Jobless and living in a homeless shelter, Reba falls into a spiral of depression, and Sugar is put into foster care, far from her former school and the charismatic teacher who encouraged her writing. She has nothing but her rescue dog Shush to remind her of the life she left behind. But Sugar is a girl who can't be kept down for long. With new friends to help her, a new painting business keeping her busy, and Shush to love, Sugar proves what Reba has always believed: that she was put on this earth to bring a little sweetness into people's lives.