When Basil's older brother is disowned, Basil (Jared Leto) becomes the focus of his judgmental, class-conscious, wealthy father. It isn't until he is away at university that Basil escapes his father's scornful watch and is able to make friends. John Mannion (Christian Slater) is like no one Basil has known. Through his new friend John, he meets the mysterious Julia Sherwin (Claire Forlani) and falls in love with her, despite her lower class background. Courting familial disaster, Basil marries Julia in secret. But the biggest secret involves a sinister plot for revenge... one that Basil is unaware of.