Downbeat drama starring Jack Nicholson. David (Nicholson) is a radio personality from Philadelphia. When his older brother Jason (Bruce Dern) calls out of the blue one day, David travels to Atlantic City to see what his latest easy money scheme is. Along with his former beauty queen companion Sally (Ellen Burstyn) and her pretty stepdaughter Jessica (Julia Anne Robinson), Jason plans to open a resort on a small Hawaiian island, insisting to David that the deal is as good as done. When David discovers the reality behind the scheme, he attempts to make Jason come to his senses. Unfortunately, Jason is having none of it, leading to a tragic lesson about the cost of superficial values, such as beauty and wealth, and the limits of brotherly love.