In Atlantic City, N.J., down-on-his-luck writer Jake Bridges (William Petersen) finds an unlikely savior in the form of Irish henchman Frankie McGregor (Michael Wincott), who rescues him from an ill-advised bar fight. Frankie offers to help Jake find his way back to creative inspiration in exchange for a little literary education. As the true nature of Jake's activities are revealed, he also finds himself attracted to Frank's girlfriend, Melissa (Diane Lane), a pretty nurse.
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