The story is about a 10 year old girl (Belle) who loses her mother in an automobile accident. Her father (Cody) struggles with the loss of his wife and trying to raise a young girl who believes her father is partly responsible for her mother's death. Hock, Belles grandfather since the accident, has trouble communicating with Belle, because she reminds him too much of his daughter. It is Atticus the new puppy that will change Belles life and everyone else's around her.
Peter Boyle takes on the role as Phineas Poovey, the owner/manger of a run-down, almost non-existent motel in this movie.