What happens to Dannie in San Francisco? It’s September, 2010. Dannie has $650 (after airfare) left over from working in the summer. She can stay with her sister (Kate) and Kate’s husband (Ted)–both art students and very poor–in the city, but only if Dannie is willing to sleep on a cot and in the middle room of a very small three room apartment. That room is where Kate and Ted paint.
Dannie has grown up as a suburban Chicago, upper middle class girl. College was supposed to be her path. She was even in a sorority for one year. But now suddenly, she has thrown herself out into the world, living with people so poor they never take a bus and always walk where they need to go, if possible.
When Dannie sees Kate and Ted’s apartment, she thinks–I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto.