Following schoolteacher April Epner's (Helen Hunt
) separation from her husband (Matthew Broderick
) and the death of her adopted mother, April is contacted by her apparent birth mom (Bette Midler
), who turns out to be a local talk show host Bernice Graves.
As Bernice tries to become the mother to April that she was never able to be, April seems to find solace in the arms of the parent of one of her students (Colin Firth), only to find that the mystery to life's questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation.