Dark and deceptive, this multi-layered relationship drama revolves around Francis 'Franny' Watts, an exceptionally wealthy man.
While enjoying a playful moment with his best friends, who are a married couple with a beautiful daughter, Olivia (Dakota Fanning), Franny inadvertently causes a terrible car accident, that leads to the tragic death of both his friends. Franny is consumed by guilt as he blames himself for their deaths and secretly thinks that he should have been the one to die and not them. His sense of guilt becomes so all-consuming that it causes him to become a drug addict.
Since she was a little girl, Olivia idolized Franny, but after the accident the two lose touch. Five years later, Olivia calls Franny out of the blue, hoping to secure a job for her new husband, Dr. Luke, at Franny’s hospital. Since the hospital was financed and built as a labor of love for Olivia’s parents, Franny is eager to help her out.
Luke’s benefactor immediately injects himself into Luke’s life, paying off his student loans, buying him clothes and purchasing Olivia’s childhood home for the couple. Luke feels emasculated. He complains that his manhood is being infringed upon by Franny’s meddling. But Franny brushes off Luke’s concerns, saying he’s doing it all for Olivia’s benefit. Does he have an ulterior motive? Or is he just acting out of guilt?