Eve je že od srednje šole zaljubljena v Jeffa, vendar zaradi slabe samopodobe ničesar ne ukrene. Namesto tega svoje življenje zapravlja z garanjem v restavraciji, dokler prihod privlačne Linde Avery njenega življenja ne postavi na glavo. Jeff in Evin brat se takoj začneta potegovati za tujkino naklonjenost, toda ta ima za naselitev v zaspanem mestecu skrite motive. Poleg tega je ne zanima nobeden izmed njiju, temveč Eve. Ta po prijateljičinem nasvetu njeno naklonjenost izkoristi, da bi osvojila Jeffovo srce. Tako se prvič v življenju znajde v središču pozornosti, vendar se stvari hitro zapletejo.
Small town waitress Eve Stuckley is stuck. She has spent years pining for testosterone saturate local hunk Jeff Sweeney and yearns to escape from the Hog-Chow Diner she runs. Just when Eve finally decides to pursue her man, drop dead gorgeous Linda Avery blows into town on the hottest day of the year. The heat wave is nothing in comparison with the heat that's on as Jeff and Eve's dimwitted brother Chuck decide to face off for Linda's affections. It's a priceless contest: Linda wants Eve. Eve's confidante Alma Kerns is a sexpert trained by mortician beau Red Bishop. She encourages Eve to use Linda's interest in her to win Jeff's affection but the situation becomes even more complicated when Linda advises Jeff she prefers Eve. Now determined to "save" Eve, the narcissistically injured Jeff elicits Chuck's aid but Chuck, thinking it's part of the game, refuses to believe him. Ultimately, Jeff and Linda square off over Eve's future. Determined to anchor his position, Jeff "marks his territory" but shrewd Linda counteracts with a tempting offer. The town becomes ignited by a passion unlike it's ever seen before and doors to closed hearts everywhere fling open in the most surprising ways!