Reeling from the loss of her mother, and plagued with a bad case of writer's block, Renata DeChavannes feels her world spinning out of control. And that's before the tabloids caught her sweetheart, Ferg Lauderdale, with Hollywood's latest starlet. The granddaughter of the formidable Honora DeChavannes possesses more hell than belle in her backbone and she's about to show it! Heading south to Honora's home on the Gulf Coast, Renata is determined to stop feeling like a wilted gardenia and emerge as the unstoppable kudzu her grandmother proclaimed her to be. But first Renata must face some not-so-genteel ghosts from her past, discover the truth about the mother she desperately misses, and make peace with the first man who abandoned her and broke her heart, her handsome and distant father.