Joel Garcia (Stoltz) is a talented young writer who awakens after a hiking accident and learns that he is permanently paralyzed. Before he can return to the "real" world, he must graduate from a physical rehabilitation center. There, the violent, the reckless and the unlucky are thrown together and taught to live - and love - again. Wesley Snipes co-stars as Raymond, a hard luck ladies' man who loses his family when he loses his mobility. William Forsythe is Bloss, a racist biker who becomes Raymond's closest friend. In a rousing sequence reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, these three unlikely allies take on the hospital bureaucracy, make a forbidden field trip, learn to fight wheelchair wars and begin their tentative journeys home.