When it finally dawns on Augusta Iris that her husband has left her, she pulls the shade, climbs into bed, and pretty much just quits her life.
The story revolves around Augusta and her two sons Henry and Mathew, who have little in common and have had little to do with each other but are now forced to cope.
Bette first appears as Henry's girlfriend. There is conflict, a brief romance triangle, but Bette ultimately brings the family back together.
I found this to be a quick and very enjoyable read.