With father now passed away, Jay owes money all over town and now local car park mogul Earlene Floyd is calling in her debt. She wants to bulldoze Paradise and put up a parking lot. As security to the loan, Jay gave Earlene the deed to Paradise. Now he has defaulted and has ten days to find twelve thousand dollars (in 1976 money!) to keep the family legacy.
On their journey they collect the remaining members of the old school gang 'The Bag of Q's'. They start with Carl, who they discover has since become Carlise, and Santine, who is their best chance to win big money at the National Scrabble Tournament. The problem is Santine has no time for her older brother Jay (and the boys). But a duty to Paradise and a long term unrequited love for Neil plunges her into the chaos.