The time: 1948, the place: Atlanta, Georgia. A crash is heard and Daisy Werthan, age 72, is in her living room with her son Boolie, age 40. She has crashed her car and Boolie insists that she have a driver. Boolie is in his office and interviews Hoke Coleburn who is a black man of around 60. He is unemployed. Over the next 25 years Hoke drives
. They are initially wary of each other and Hoke puts up with the somewhat crotchety Miss Daisy with dignity. She teaches Hoke to read when she learns that he cannot, which comes naturally to her, having been a teacher. Ultimately, over the years, they form a bond. In the final scene, Miss Daisy is in a nursing home for increasing memory loss; she is lucid enough to tell Hoke, who has come to visit her, that he is her best friend......