Sugar Sorenson’s life has gone up in flames...Literally.
Struggling to make ends meet, Sugar has invested everything into her home business of supplying Sugar’s Cakes and Pastries to local Seattle eateries. A friend suggests she enter a local bakeoff with a $10,000 grand prize and oodles of free publicity. The money would make a world of difference to Sugar’s future. Working – and baking – night and day to perfect entry, she’s not prepared when the apartment oven starts a fire. Within a few hours she’s got no place to live, no clothes and no business, not even a bag of flour and a measuring cup.
Support arrives in the form of a Victim’s Advocate social worker named Tree, a sympathetic firefighter named Charlie, and the local TV producer coordinating the bakeoff competition. She’s Emily, and the first one of the trio to make a serious play for Sugar in the morning, Sugar in the evening, and Sugar in the afternoon.
After nine years as a single lesbian who couldn’t seem to get a heartbeat from any woman anywhere, all this attention has Sugar’s head spinning. Forced to live with her ailing, homophobic grandmother, she finds it difficult to openly date any of these new women in her life. They all offer changed circumstances, stability and a hope at forever. But which one will steal Sugar's heart?
Karin Kallmaker's romp through the Seattle lesbian scene proves that finding Ms. Right is no piece of cake.