V tej romantični komediji ameriška ljubljenka Reese Witherspoon igra newyorško modno oblikovalko Melanie Carmichael.Melanie je zaročena z najbolj zaželenim samcem, županjinim sinom Andrewom (Patrick Dempsey). Če se želi z njim tudi poročiti, pa se mora ločiti od svoje prve ljubezni Jaka (Josh Lucas), kmečkega fanta, s katerim sta se poročila že v srednji šoli. Ker Jake noče podpisati ločitvenih dokumentov, se mora Melanie vrniti domov v Alabamo in sprejeti preteklost, pred katero je bežala.
Melanie Carmichael, an up and rising fashion designer in New York, has gotten almost everything she wished for since she was little. She has a great career and the JFK-like fiancée of New York City. But when he proposes to her, she doesn't forget about her family back down South. More importantly, her husband back there, who refuses to divorce her ever since she sent divorce papers seven years ago. To set matters straight, she decides to go to the south quick and make him sign the papers. When things don't turn out the way she planned them, she realizes that what she had before in the south was far more perfect than the life she had in New York City.