Having recently received his discharge from the Army, Laine becomes a drifter, making money at everything from pimping to guitar-playing. He finds himself back in his hometown, Pittsburgh, where he visits his father. Dad wants his son to abandon his new lifestyle and join him in the
family baby food business, but Laine refuses. Laine meets a beautiful young woman, Streiner, and soon he has charmed her into letting him live with her. Streiner, who works as a model in television commercials, supports them while Laine claims to be working on a novel based on his life. Though for
a time their life together is a pleasant escape (lovemaking, pot-smoking, rock 'n' roll), ...