Dr. Lenita Mae Faulkner has come a long way from her dirt-poor beginnings in Madoosa County. But her dream of marriage and family explodes when Ralph, her nine-year live-in lover, skips out in the middle of their romantic candlelit dinner, empties their joint bank account, and runs off with another woman. Called back to Madoosa by a true family catastrophe, Lenny is home again at the lowest point of her once-charmed life. But a forgotten piece of her past - a diary she kept in the fifth grade containing a list of rules she had created to live by - is spurring her on to get out and start living - and loving - again. Look out world, because Lenita Mae is coming on strong once more and this time, it will be according to her own rules!