Jake wanted to take Hollywood by storm...
...but he soon discovers that swimming with the sharks is a dangerous pastime.
Actor turned struggling film producer Jake Borden never misses an opportunity - for money or sex.
Devious, dishonest and unprincipled, Jake relies on good looks and a glib tongue to eek out a living. Thing is, he's behind on rent, his Jag is about to be repo'd, and he owes his assistant more back pay than he can calculate. With his dreams of wealth and fame fading, Jake needs to find a way to the top. Fast.
When he meets a wealthy middle-aged woman whose daughter is dying, Jake immediately see his opportunity: the troubled girl is the perfect star for a biopic on Lainie Dalton, a famous singer who also starved herself to death. And the mother, with her ample coffers, is the perfect person to fund the project.
Jake's pitch to her anxious mother is simple: not only will the girl become a star, but the acting gig might renew her desire to live. Doubtful but grasping at straws, the desperate mother starts writing checks, and, to his own surprise, Jake finds the scheme working.
But success turns out to be costly, and Jake soon finds that wealth and fame might not be what he actually wanted...