Verna is a hot-headed ex-cop, ex-drug trafficker, and ex-prison inmate who has cleverly evaded laws against hoarding by arguing that her hoard was her artistic expression. But now Verna, who has diabetes, is hospitalized, and the hospital refuses to let her return home unless it's cleaned up. Joanne's house has gone from immaculate showplace to garbage pit. Yet despite the filth, she has been the daytime caretaker for her six-year-old grandson. Joanne's sister-in-law is so upset about the situation that she's threatening to call adult protective services if the house isn't cleaned up immediately.