Amid the calm pleasantry of his elite suburban East Coast town, Zimbalist is plagued with a variety of emotional and social problems. After discovering that the head of his law firm, Mitchell, has been embezzling company money to pay back an old debt of honor, Zimbalist begins to feel
stagnant in his marriage to Bel Geddes and in his relationship with son Hamilton. He then finds himself in an adulterous affair with Turner, the wife of his crippled law partner, Robards. With Robards unable or unwilling to accept her love/pity, the alcoholic Turner finds understanding and love in
the arms of Zimbalist. Although engaged to socialite Kohner, the sad Hamilton begins to ...