A confusing movie from a complex book with a performance by Cooper that almost manages to save the story. The picture begins in 1945 with Cooper's funeral, then goes into flashback. Icy Fitzgerald is a woman who has great plans for her quiet husband, Cooper. He's a good, gentle man who
lives in the shadow of his grandfather, the onetime lieutenant governor of the state. Cooper is a wealthy lawyer, happy with his comfortable life. Fitzgerald wants more and realizes that the only way she can achieve power is through Cooper, so she prods the reluctant man into thinking about a
political career. She persuades him to make a large donation to Tully, a bigwig in the party...