Toilet-plunger salesman Wallace Cavanaugh arrives in Ocean City with a poor job performance record and little else.
After a long day of trying to sell his wares, Wallace finds himself with time to kill before he and his boss set off on their early morning ride back to New York.
And then something magical happens. He meets Imogene. She sells him a movie ticket and later joins him in an amazing nightlong conversation. If only he could see her again. Surely, he'd then be able to rid his life of its misery. Under the guise of selling more plungers, Wallace convinces his boss to let him stay behind. But, Imogene is nowhere to be found.
Now on his own in Ocean City, Wallace begins a search that will ultimately change him in ways he never thought possible. By falling into Imogene's old routines-- eating where she ate, attending her dance class, and hanging around the theater where they first met-- he finds a life he enjoys much more than his own. But when his boss realizes no plungers have been sold and returns to find out why, Wallace has to make a choice between his responsibility to his past and his desires for the future.