Jaye Tyler is an over-educated, under employed single girl in her mid twenties who feels a strong sense of ambivalence to the world around her. One day her plan to not get involved is upset when a wax lion tells her to help people. Soon other toys, trinkets and other objects are talking to her. Pretty much any inanimate object with a face will give her advice and instructions, most often they are things she doesn't want to do and at the most inconvenient of times.
Jaye's family think she's starting to lose it. Her father the doctor, her mother the author, her sister the lawyer and her brother, a theologian and atheist, all have their own ideas about what to do with her. Jaye gets support from Mahandra, her childhood friend and Eric, a man who stayed in Niagara Falls when his wife cheated on him during their honeymoon.
Mahandra needs to file paperwork at the local Satsuma Indian Reservation, so she can prove she is 1/8 Native American to secure grants to pay off her student loans. Jaye’s sister Sharon needs cheap cigarettes, so the three of them go to the Reservation, where Jaye is instructed by a totem pole to talk to a dead woman. Bill Hooten, the woman’s grandson is supposed to take over as spiritual leader, but all signs point to Jaye as the true seer. Naturally, Jaye doesn’t want the job, so she helps Bill. Meanwhile, Sharon has a nasty run in with an old law-school rival, who turns out to be the Tribal Lawyer, who is supposed to approve Mahandra’s application.