They bump heads at first. Vivian’s client, Melba Farris (Mr. Jefferson’s Piano and Other Central Harlem Stories), asks her to set up a book signing in the bookstore, but Pat’s womanizing partner, Etta, wants more than a book signing from Vivian. The two partners argue about Vivian, causing Pat to say things to Vivian that she has to apologize for later. The book signing is exceptionally successful, but the two women decide not to see each other again.
As fate would have it, a tragic fire and a murderous cover up throw the two women together again. While Vivian helps Pat get through Etta’s funeral and mourning period, the two women begin to see each other in a different light. Can these two women from different generations and backgrounds get on the same page in The Bookstore?