"e;I guess you could say my first disaster was getting born to a ma who didn't want me."e; That suits Etta May just fine: she and her grandfather, Gent, are happy on their own. Etta May's got her best friend Quentin's county music career to look out for. Gent's got his prized rosebush, Summer Song, in front of their trailer. Most important, they've got each other. But Gent's emphysema is worse, and he won't see the doctor. Ma comes for one of her rare visits, all full of plan and acting motherly. Etta May's angry at Ma for butting in, but as Gent gets weaker she finds herself relying on her mother more and more. The only thing she'll let herself count on, though, is keeping her promise to let Gent die peacefully in his own bed - no matter what Ma says.... With wry humor and gentle compassion, Summer Song captures Etta May's love for her grandfather, stout-hearted friendship, conflicting feelings about the mother who left her behind, and strong, vital spirit.