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Wealthy, mega-successful parents reared Harry Schiff to hunger for fame and fortune. At college he sees others throw off family fiats and successfully begin to define themselves. He meets Juliet, driven to be an actor, sensuous, passionate, yet never with commitment. His good friend, Katy Bloom, also a striving actor, becomes his confidante, secretly in love with him. A fourth buddy, Galen Thurston, an Adonis, blessed with Hollywood connections, gets a seeming break because of his father, but with strings. A tragedy explodes when Galen discovers his father's ugly secret. The group's chemistry is altered with an intrigue that involves both Harry's and Galen's parents. Juliet is on her rocket to fame, her own family's tale so sordid that she cannot tolerate her father's presence. Is Harry Juliet's toy? She would deny it, but eventually, Harry must face off his two demons: his parents' domination and Juliet's emotional indifference.