(Daniel Raymont) is a serious writer, an uncompromising artistwith the “cynical look of a wounded man.” He’s also flat broke,suffers from an inflammation in his right testicle, and is adamant about never sellingout. He’s encouraged by his agent to write something upbeat and commercial, an ideaseconded by his long-time girlfriend. However, he feels validated when he learns that abig LA producer is interested in fast-tracking his bleak script Great Shame. Ray setsoff cross-country in his run-down blue mini-van, thrilled to think that his life has taken aturn for the better. However, the trek west proves to be a nightmarish, harrowing struggleof survival that climaxes with an ironical twist of fate and fortune.