Seven friends, recent college graduates, are searching for a place in "the real world," as they face issues of career and commitment. Leslie and Alec try to save a crumbling romance. Wendy , a shy virgin, hides a love for Billy, a reluctant father/husband still searching for goals. Kevin is a cynical writer who scorns love until he realizes he's in love with his best friend's girl. Kirbo, a law student, obsessively pursues an older woman. The beautiful, neurotic Jules paints a poignant picture of life in the fast lane. Against the backdrop of St. Elmo's, their local hang-out, they save, betray and love one another as only closest of friends can.