John is a retired corrections officer living in a house with more than 30 cats hiding in the walls and ceilings. They run wild through most of the home and all surfaces are covered with cat feces and urine. The remaining rooms are hoarded with John's collections and his deceased mother's belongings which he's unable to part with. John faces multiple animal cruelty charges and fines and must clean up his house. Vivian's hoard has literally pushed her husband Sylvester out of the house. He runs a business in Detroit but would return to California as much as possible. His visits soon evolved into hotel stays--until he just stopped making the effort. These days Sylvester will go home to his wife and family only once every 4-6 months. If Vivian wants him back she must clean up the house or risk losing him forever.