Louise and her mother, Blanche, run "The Stopover", a small café in a village in the Savoy area of France. "The Stopover" isn't just a café, it's also a new family for whole bevy of problem-children that the two women have been taking in over the years. Louise, who has a caustic sense of humor, believes that words can heal wounds. Facing their café, on the other side of the main road, is another café, "The Bend", that is run by Lucie Chevrier and her daughters. The longstanding rivalry between the two cafés comes to a head during a truckers strike with roadblocks that seal off the village. And it worsens when Pierre, the leader of truckers, plays havoc with the lives of all these women and the routine of smalltown existence A blend of fanfare and tenderness that adds up to love. Isn't that what life is all about?