After receiving a well-earned certification from a Special Education school, Carla Tate, an ambitious and mildly mentally challenged young lady, returns home to her domineering, bossy and slightly irritating mother and dentist father. Carla's ambition is to seek to be more independent from her family. One means by which she can accomplish this is by attending the polytechnic high school to earn her diploma. Her mother is less than adamant about her daughter's decision. When she meets Daniel McMann on the first day of school, they become friends and soon fall in love. Carla envies Danny's freedom and finally convinces her parents that she is capable of living on her own, and moves into her own apartment. Carla's mother is very hesitant and fraught with anxiety about letting Carla move out.