Charlie Cantilini is a temp from Venice Beach, California, who meets surgeon Kevin Fields. Kevin asks her out, and Charlie believes that she's finally found the right man.
Things start to go wrong when Kevin introduces Charlie to his mother, Viola Fields. Viola is a former newscaster who has recently been replaced by someone younger, and is in the midst of a meltdown. Loathing Charlie from the outset, Viola becomes even more distraught when Kevin proposes to Charlie. Fearing that she'll lose her son the same way she lost her career, she sets out to destroy Kevin and Charlie's relationship. With her trusted assistant, Ruby who is secretly working against her, she tries everything possible to drive Charlie away. Charlie eventually catches on to Viola's plan and fights back.