A young, sweet girl from the country (Norma Moore) moves to L.A. with her mother and meets a young man (Robert Vaughn) who she thinks is just perfect. That is until she gets pregnant and he’s on his way to jail.
Nearly seventy-five years later, low-rent detective Charlie Paczynski’s (Stuhr) raven-haired partner is caught in the crossfire of a blackmail scheme gone bad. He trails the prime suspect (Harris Yulin) to the brink of Niagara, only to receive a cryptic warning. Thrust into a world populated by a whiskey-swilling raconteur (Robert Forster), strangely bonded siblings (Matthew Broderick, Camilla Belle), an eccentric eavesdropper (Robert Vaughn), and a dubious government agent (Janeane Garofalo), Paczynski unwittingly joins the quest for the story’s coveted ‘MacGuffin’: a page torn from Tesla’s fabled missing notebook.