Unable to endure any more miscarriages, childless TV executives Richard (Peter Riegert) and Rachel Luckman (Stockard Channing) advertise for a baby. Their parenthood plea catches the eye of dirt-poor Wanda Le Fauvre (Laura Dern) and her heavy-drinking husband Al (Richard Lineback), who can barely support the brood they already have. Venturing down South, Rachel and Richard check out the gene pool, negotiate financial perks, and monitor Wanda's pre-natal care. As suspicious as Rachel is desperate, Richard resents Al's attempts to siphon off funds earmarked for the unborn child. A war of nerves escalates, as Wanda bristles at Rachel's interference in long-standing dome...