Twelve-year-old Foster and her mother have to leave Memphis in a huge rush, with her mom's Elvis-impersonator ex-boyfriend chasing them in his car. After an all-night drive, they end up in a tiny town they've never heard of, with only the belongings they could fit in their car. Culpepper is a quiet little town, without much going on, which really won't work for Foster because she has big dreams. She is going to be the first child chef on TV, with a cooking show like her idol, Sony Kroll. But Foster soon discovers that she's not the only one in Culpepper with dreams of something more. Her friend Macon wants to make documentary films, and he knows all the tough questions to ask, even though he's so short that nobody will take him seriously. Aging and disgraced former Hollywood star Charleena wants to make her way back on to the big screen, and Foster's mom wants to finally come to the front of the stage as the headliner instead of always being the backup singer. Culpepper seems like a safe haven, but Foster and her mom can't hide there forever.