In 24 hours, wealthy Kentucky horse breeder Carter Lyle (Jeff Bridges) is selling prized stallion Simpatico, and the last person he wants to hear from is down-and-outer Vinnie Webb (Nick Nolte). So, naturally, Vinnie calls. He's got a problem: a girlfriend
(Catherine Keener) who's filed assault charges against him; Vinnie's afraid that if he's arrested he might panic and tell the police about something very, very bad that he, Carter and Carter's wife, Rosie (Sharon Stone), once did. Maybe Carter could come to run-down Asuza, CA, and help Vinnie
straighten the whole thing out.... Lyle's on the next plane. And while he quickly realizes that Vinnie's jerking his chain...