A job at the local newspaper, a front for his scheme, develops into a rewarding vocation. Romance with a former high school classmate, along with unexpected political success, has Herbie flying high. However, his world crumbles, and he faces a long prison term when his manipulations backfire. Rationalizations and suspicions gradually yield to soul searching, but Herbie's difficulties persist until a bizarre twist of DNA reverses his fortunes. Even then he is yet to discover the strange way in which he had become his own worst enemy.