Nick and Phoebe Maguire, in search of a fresh start for themselves and their infant son, move cross-country to Southern California, arriving at the worst possible economic time. Instead of a beachside home, they find themselves broke, trapped, and increasingly desperate. Nick and Phoebe each devise their own plan to claw their way back into the middle class and beyond. Hatched under one roof, their two separate, secret agendas will inevitably collide. -- adapted from book jacket.