Known to the press, who follow their every move, as the 'Bright Young Things', Adam and his party of friends are eccentric, wild and entirely shocking to the older generation. They are young, party-going creatures embracing innovations like the gramophone record and the telephone - this is a self-consciously modern generation that cannot keep still for a second. Amidst all the madness, Adam (Stephen Campbell Moore), who is well connected but totally broke, is desperately trying to get enough money to marry the beautiful Nina (Emily Mortimer). While his attempts are constantly thwarted, their friends seem one by one to self-destruct in their endless search for newer and faster sensations. Finally, out of their control come crashing into their world, they are forced to reassess their lives and what they value most.