Due to the death of his mother, Zed is returning to his hometown, Gardensend, a small city in the Midwest. On his way to his Mother’s house, he inadvertently steps off of a curb just as a car is coming. Fortunately for Zed, a woman saves him from being hit, and at the same time, she realizes that he is someone from her high school days. Zed doesn’t remember her at all when she tells him her name is Linz, but she is quite verbose as she tells him all about herself and her husband Pableau and the very successful cupcake business they run, Le Petit Gateau. She invites Zed to come visit them at their bakery.