An ex-con (Terence Stamp), fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. in an attempt to avenge his daughter's death. However, he quickly discovers that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con (Luis Guzman).
Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer (Peter Fonda), who is presently having an affair with another young woman (Amelia Heinle). An aging actress (Lesley Ann Warren), who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father.