Lolly is the mother/grandmother who passes on the family history through charms on her bracelet. Her daughter, Arden, has been estranged from Lolly for three years because she thinks her mother doesn't understand the pressures of her life as a single working mother. Arden doesn't think her mother is very realistic about life. Lauren is Lolly's granddaughter. Lauren is very unhappy and at a crossroads in her life. She has tried to fulfill her mother's (Arden) expectations by pursuing a practical degree in college. However, Lauren is an artist, and she feels such despair about not following her passion that she wants to drop out of college.
When Lolly faces a health challenge, Arden and Lauren go visit her. The story of their family is shared in each chapter by describing each charm on Lolly's bracelet. Heartwarming!