Neil and Suze are two rascally fourth grade detectives who spy on their cantankerous teacher, Sister Mary Myrna.
Feeling picked on in class, Neil and Suze retaliate by nosing into Sister's private life. Covert investigations, "expert" spy techniques, vengeful behavior, snide classmates, and an unfair teacher all contribute to a fun and serious film on growing up.
"Why aren't I blackberry jam?" Young Audra's listless lack of purpose meets the aimless seclusion of the older widower, Charles.
In La Cuoca (the cook), these two from different cultures and generations move one another to take the first steps to new lives in new worlds. Charles offers her a reinvigorated identity through cooking. Audra motivates him to new purpose.