Henderson Dores (Daniel Day-Lewis), a very proper young Englishman who has recently arrived in New York to take employment as an expert on 19th-century art, is sent to Georgia to purchase a long-thought-lost Renoir painting worth $10 million. Though the painting's owner, Loomis Gage (Harry
Dean Stanton), seems ready to sell, his son Freeborn (Maury Chaykin) threatens to kill Dores because Freeborn has accepted a shady offer of $15 million for the painting. Romantic interest is provided by a computer expert, Irene Stein (Joan Cusack), with whom he falls in love before leaving New
York, and by Bryant (Martha Plimpton), the seductive 15-year-old daughter of his fiance...