Joey Vitello je mladenič brez pravega cilja v življenju. Še vedno živi pri svojih starših in čudaški babici. Ko po dolgem času sreča bivšo sošolko Mary, ki se je iz grdega račka prelevila v pravo lepotico, izve, da je bila Mary hudo bolna in da je ozdravela z božjo pomočjo. Joey, ki se v Mary zaljubi, počasi sprejema njena verska prepričanja in se še sam odloči postati veren. Toda njegova družina je sumničava.
Twenty-something and aimless, Joey Vitello still lives at home with his colorful Italian-American family when he is reunited with a childhood schoolmate, Mary O'Callahan. Once mocked as 'Scary Mary' this ugly duckling has blossomed into an irresistible beauty. She's returned to the old neighborhood after an intense bout with cancer. When Joey learns her cure was the result of a miracle, friendship turns to romance as she educates him on the crossroads to the Almighty. Joey challenges his family's faith with his new found revelations and chaos ensues as they all search for a miracle of their own.