If a reality television program gave cash rewards for random acts of kindness, would you be more willing to help your neighbor? If everyone watched this show and were thus ‘motivated’ to serve at every opportunity, what would be the net effect?
When Parker learns that he has yet one more class before he can graduate college, he decides to use the course on social interactions to convince his famous professor that people really will help without want of reward. As he and his faithful group orchestrate an unprecedented project testing if strangers will move ‘the obstacle out of the path’, the actions catch the attention of a local columnist trying to save a dying newspaper and Minister who believes the power of media should be used to spread moral values.
The eventual result is a local reality TV show where unknowing participants who assist in staged situations of despair are rewarded with cash. At first, those responsible for the program just hope to remind the viewers of the joy of service and reward those who deserve it. When the ratings soar and the entire community begins practically falling over each other at service opportunities, however, some begin to question the intent of the participants.
Even with this altruistic transformation making sweeping positive changes, opposition still arises claiming that if the motivation is suspect, the goodness accomplished is null and void. As the controversy climaxes and the show is forced into premature cancellation, Parker and his new friends hold their breath wondering if these incredible changes will last.
This unconventional adventure of service, betrayal, romance, and friendship flirts with the answers to some of life’s greatest questions and will have you wondering along with the characters, ‘why do I do good things?’