Jake is an anxious schoolteacher living in New York. He is barely on speaking terms with his father, has been recently abandoned by his girlfriend, and is heading for a life of compromise and mediocrity. Emotionally paralyzed, Jake embarks on a course of psychoanalysis with the maniacal Dr. Morales, who wields his heavily accented sarcasm like a machete. Morales' tactics are worthy of the Spanish Inquisition, and soon Jake is just trying to keep him at a distance while planning his escape. He meets socialite Allegra and finds himself bouncing from Morales' couch to Allegra's bed.