Susan Sarandon was always intrigued by her enigmatic grandmother, Anita Rigali, who disappeared when Susan's mother Leonora was a child. Anita didn't reappear again until Leonora was a teenager and, aside from a couple of meetings, Leonora never heard from Anita again.
Susan had heard rumours that Anita was a showgirl in New York, and that she was 'a bad girl', but nothing was certain. Susan sets out to solve the mystery of Anita - where was she from and what happened to her?
In New York Susan uncovers Anita's birth certificate and pieces together her grandmother's poverty-stricken and tragic childhood. Anita's birth certificate reveals the names of Susan's great grandparents who were both from Italy. Through some clever sleuthing Susan's manages to locate the region of Italy where the Rigali family hail from, where she uncovers a rich history of Rigali ancestors.
Back in New York Susan uncovers a death certificate, which provides the missing link to tracking down the fate of Anita.