In an alternative America, the position of blacks and whites is reversed. White factory hand Louis Pinnock (John Travolta) delivers a package to wealthy black industrialist Thaddeus Thomas (Harry Belafonte). Pinnock accidentally glimpses Thomas' naked wife, and Thomas asks Pinnock's employers not to send him again. Pinnock is then fired, and struggles to make ends meet. In desperation he kidnaps Thomas, attempting to extort $3,000 from him.