When Echo's father gets swept away by a freak current off the Los Angeles coast, she enters a state of paralysis. The failed young actress seeks solace in the best way she knows: by losing herself in the lives of others. This time it's with her new neighbor, a dominatrix called Orly working out of her suburban home. But Orly's 50-something houseboy won't quite let Echo slip into sweet oblivion. This is a love story about three people sick with dreams and expectations who torn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they ask themselves: how do I want to be loved?