November 26, 2021
While alone in Detroit and needing connection, a traveling radio journalist, Johnny, decides to reach out to his sister, Viv, after a year of estrangement following their mother's death. Their mother had dementia and the siblings had disagreed about the appropriate way to treat and comfort her during her final days.
While catching up, Viv asks her brother if he could help her by taking are of her nine-year-old son, Jesse, for a few days. Her ex-husband suffers from severe bipolar-related mental illness. They too have been estranged for some time, but he needs her help. Since he lives in Oakland, she would otherwise need to relocate temporarily from Los Angeles to Oakland and take Jesse along with her.
Johnny agrees to help and even decides to take Jesse with him on road trips while he interviews teens about their hopes and dreams for the future. Yet, Jesse has issues and a difficult personality that grates on Johnny's nerves.
As uncle and nephew learn more about each other, they find themselves questioning the meaning of family and their place in each other's lives and the world.