A seedy noir drama set in 1952 New York and based on a real-life scandal involving the dissolute heir to a margarine fortune, hypocritical politicians and a colorful cast of grifters, party girls and hangers-on. Aimless, 23-year-old playboy Mickey Jelke
(Frank Whaley) takes up with hard-eyed beauty Pat Ward (Lara Flynn Boyle), whose secret, impoverished past is a far cry from the patrician manners she affects. Undercover cop Jack Kale (Peter Gallagher), hell-bent on exposing the nest of vice that lies beneath the glittering surface of café
society, uses the pair as his entree to the modern demimonde of high-priced prostitutes, pinup photographers, slick pimps, debu...