Betty Yearn, a small town girl, and her teenage son Bert have traveled to Greenwich Village to lure her drug-addicted, porn star sister Rosalie home. When Rosalie is killed in a freak bicycle accident, Betty decides to stay and assumes her sister's identity. Bert, who has taken to the streets of New York, falls into the life of petty crime and is murdered. Betty is the prime suspect in her son's death. The play, a dark comedy with music, is narrated in a burlesque-cabaret style by the dead Rosalie, who observes the action with a mix of sardonic humor and tender pathos.