Charley Miller refuses to take his family to church because he says everyone who goes to church is a hypocrite. The reoccurring topics of hypocrisy and judging others become a puzzling issue to Tina and her brother Lucas. Tina begins to ask questions. Charley eventually learns he has been conveying a confusing message to his family, especially to his young son Lucas.
Young Tina and Gwynn are neighbors and inseparable best friends. The girls have to deal with their younger brothers, the classroom bully, and as time progresses, the inevitability of becoming young adults.
The apricot tree is an excellent place for the girls to read and play. It is also the focal point of Lucas’s action that forces Charley into a long overdue discussion with his family.
Charley suspects a fellow employee at the lumber mill is dealing drugs. His concern about safety at the mill sets off an unexpected chain of events.