California is the last place on earth Kentucky native, Doreen Sizemore, ever wants to go. People are a little crazy out there. But when her cousin, Agnes, begs her to come along on a train trip to San Francisco, Doreen has to go. After all, blood kin is blood kin and her cousin needs help. Agnes is accompanying her elderly, ex-con husband, who is suddenly determined to visit Alcatraz, the island where he spent ten years of his life. The trip is almost enjoyable until Doreen discovers that sometimes old cons have old friends who are dangerously alive.