A small town's eccentric, self-proclaimed brilliant dramatist has spent her life pursuing her artistic dreams without having achieved any of the recognition and respect she feels her talents deserve. Into her life come three young people, each of whom, immersed in individual dilemmas, had never had any interest in art. But they learn just how much their lives had been missing as she teaches them about drama. Eventually, they form their own ridiculous though earnest Shakespearean theatrical troupe, forging a new bond of family among themselves. Her efforts though, bring her to the attention of the local judge who has grown weary of her antics. She decides to risk all by staging a production of "Hamlet" to prove to the judge, her town, and herself that all her years of artistic endeavor have not been in vain.