Meet Stella James (Sean Young)... sensuous, fiercely independent, and possessing a fiery appetite for life. She vigorously pursues her ambition to become a 'haute cuisine' chef, while also seducing a variety of men to educate herself in the realm of lust and love. Her passion for food is matched only by her appetite for men. In the traditional roles of the sexes, Stella is the woman to break the mould. Stella's sexual odyssey is launched from the apartment of wealthy Teo (Dylan Walsh). Teo's alcoholism diminishes his sexual drive and leads Stella to prowl the streets in search of one night stands to experience the various sexual tastes and flavours of men. She leaves New York for Los Angeles where she lands a job as a chef in a trendy restaurant owned by miserably married George (John Heard). Their closeness in the kitchen and mutual love of cooking soon blossoms into an affair... until Frank (Richard Hillman) shows up. A photographer with a social conscience, Frank pursues his own dream to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 'combat' photo journalism of gang warfare in South Central Los Angeles. Their affair begins as lust but grows into much more as they explore life experiences together. For the first time, Stella experiences jealousy and much more.