If having it all in Hollywood means being married to an ambitious movie studio exec, having an adorable daughter, owning a flawlessly decorated McMansion in Brentwood, belonging to the most exclusive clubs and always getting the best table in the hottest restaurants, then Molly Kagan has it all.
Until she gets the one phone call that changes everything.
With that call, not only does Molly's husband Kenny inform her of his intentions to divorce just shy of their ten year anniversary (coincidentally before their pre-nup expires), but also he revokes her status as "Wife Of," instantly transforming her into a "Starter Wife"—a decided step down, if not out—in the Hollywood pecking order.
In L.A., news travels fast—bad news even faster. Within hours, doors are slammed, her formerly packed social calendar is empty, she gets shunned by other Wives Of including one of her best friends, and worst of all, she discovers her ex is dating a pop tartlet who is half his age. All hope seems lost until Molly's friend Joan comes to the rescue with the perfect antidote: an invitation to stay at her beach house for the summer in Malibu Colony, one of the most tony, private playgrounds of Hollywood's elite.
With the help of her friends—some old and some new—Molly discovers that it's up to her to be the architect of her new life and decide what she wants to make of it. Because, after all, Wife Goes On.