College professor Elinor Goggin hasn't returned to spend a summer in Coopersville, West Virginia in twenty-five years, but this July she's helping her hospitalized mother by decluttering the hoarded family home. Yet her mom, always critical of her, is furious at Elinor for even touching any part of the overflowing collection of random possessions.
County inspector Race Ericson threatens a court summons if the hoard isn't massively reduced in a hurry, pushing Elinor to choose: Surrender to her mother's insistence that she do nothing, obey her bossy elder sister's edict that she sort carefully through every single pile, or satisfy Race's demand that she ruthlessly clear out the junk?
Satisfying Race would be a pleasure. But when family secrets come to light and surprises turn up on her doorstep, Elinor's task gets complicated, forcing her to reevaluate her long-held beliefs about her family—and her life choices.