the small town of Wells, Nevada, good news travels fast, almost as
fast as gossip. Danni Blake has been plagued by the latter for all of
her short life. The shame of not having a father has kept her down.
What’s worse, is that her school is planning a father-daughter dance.
After a few scornful comments from her classmates, Danni storms home,
upset. Her mother, Nicole, tries to comfort her, but in the end, the
only comfort that Danni will accept is in the form of information
about her father. Nicole relents and gives Danni a card that he sent
her on her first birthday. Danni cheers up considerably. Nicole goes
to work, leaving her in the capable hands of Monica. That night,
Danni wakes up to a roomful of people. There was an accident at the
factory and her mother was hurt. The next day, after visiting her
still unconscious mother in the hospital, Danni uses the address from
the birthday card. She hops on a bus and heads to Silver Springs in
search of her father.
only the last name ‘Jackson’ to go on, Danni begins flipping through
the phone book. Monica arrives and makes her call her aunt to tell
her where she is. The two of them then go off to check the
addresses. After several dead ends, they come upon the house of
Walter Jackson, a young man with a pregnant wife. Monica thinks that
he must be the father, because Andrew is in the driveway working on
Walter’s car. When Danni introduces herself and asks if he is her
father, Walter’s wife, Kim, has a fit. They had had trouble in the
past with his infidelities, and despite their reconciliation, Kim has
been bottling it up inside. Monica and Danni leave them to argue, and
come upon a handyman named Dan Jackson, who Gloria is working with.
Now Danni thinks that he is the father, and Gloria does too. Monica
is unsure, but after a bit of questioning, they discover that Dan is
unable to have children, though if he could, he’d want one like
Danni. Returning to Walter’s house, Danni asks him about Nicole, and
mentions her birthday. Walter realizes then, that he and Kim weren’t
even in the country when Danni was conceived. Dejected, Danni and
Monica return home.
During all of this, Tess has been driving, and she’s been driving
fast. Soon she is pulled over by a motorcycle cop whose name happens
to be J.T. Jackson. He is Danni’s father, but Nicole pushed him away,
not wanting to get in the way of his life. After she was gone, he
gave up on his other dreams to focus on finding her and Danni. Now he
has a chance. Tess takes him to them.
Nicole wakes up in the hospital, it’s to the possibility of family.