When Steve is released from prison, he is unable to connect with his girlfriend Susie, as he is still haunted by his relationship with a fellow inmate. Taking a 'meals-on-wheels' job, he meets Rodney, a wildly irrepressible older man, who is the full time carer for his invalid mother Franky who, when not confined to a wheelchair, gets about on her modified ride-on lawn mower. Rodney is a "backyard magician" who loves to fly kites, tap dance, tell stories, juggle and speak French and Italian! And he brings the same vaudevillian exuberance to the way he "cares" for his mother, Franky. Rodney is torn between the love and the loyalty that he feels for his ailing and dependent mother on the one hand, and the desire to lead his own life. Steve is captivated by the older pair's extravagant world of make-believe and a close friendship between the men develops.