"Stay sweet", truck driver Bear says to Katie each time she has shared his bed – for money, because the young waitress is also a part-time prostitute. She lives with her unemployed mother in a trailer park in a hamlet in Arizona and is saving up to go to San Francisco, where she wants to start a new life as a beautician. Katie has a sound character and stays optimistic, in spite of the setbacks she faces. When she falls for mechanic Bruno, a chain of events is set in motion that tests her faith in the good in people to the limit.
This feature debut by Wayne Roberts is filmed in an elegant, realistic style, guiding the viewer's attention to the story and the characters. In the superb cast – including Mary Steenburgen and Jim Belushi – British actress Olivia Cooke steals the show as the engaging Katie, who does her level best to stay 'sweet'.