An annual 4th of July weekend hosted by troubled couple Wendy and Ellis is seen through the eyes of Joey, Wendy's ten year old daughter. Ellis is a trust fund baby, who is devoted to Wendy and Joey, but oblivious to the fact that his wife feels disconnected from him; Wendy, a former college radical, feigns a happiness she has secretly lost. Among the couple's invited guests are: Saul, former husband of Wendy, a successful writer whom we come to discover has never written a thing in his life; Will, Saul's alcoholic ghost writer who is suffering from writer's block; Emma, Saul's wife, who is having an affair with Will. And Hal, the rootless hippie life coach and Wendy's best friend. Into this combustible mix walks Chad, a nature photographer who forces the old friends into uncomfortable situations that reveal long buried secrets and cause the group to re-examine their relationships over the course of the weekend.