Max Hanson (Jonathan Jackson) seems to have it all. But beneath the perfect facade, Max's world is falling apart. While his father Ed (Colm Feore)) tries to be supportive, his mother Sophie (JoBeth Williams)) relentlessly pressures her reluctant son to abandon his dreams of becoming an ice-hockey star and pursue his artistic talents. When Max falls for an attractive, vivacious classmate, Molly (Carly Pope)), he thinks he sees his future getting brighter. But his problems have only just begun as Molly introduces him to a crazy world of wild parties and drugs. As his infatuation with both Molly and the high life spirals out of control, Max gets kicked off the hockey team and Sophie puts even more pressure on him to achieve the artistic glory that eluded her. In a haze of confusion and rising danger, Max runs away from home and tragedy strikes, depriving him of everything he ever cared about. But it is Sophie who will have to endure a dramatic confrontation in order to save her fallen child.