After a standout college football career as an overachieving free safety and with graduation looming, academic whiz kid Walter Kross is waxing nostalgic about his days at Virginiaís tradition-rich Franklin & Victoria. While Walt gears up for life in the real world as a junior consultant in metro Washington D.C. for a military contractor, he meets Amy, a lovely young Vietnamese-American townie. Meanwhile, Waltís roommate, teammate and best buddy, DerMont Washington, an Atlanta Falcons draft pick, is prepping eagerly for a career as an NFL cornerback.
Walt wants to chase his dual dreams of travel and as-yet unidentified entrepreneurial aspirations, but the well-heeled Richmond native feels familial pressure to take the more conventional route that so many of his classmates have also chosen. But the brash DerMont counsels his preppy pal that contentment is not found by following the herd.
After hearing an inspirational speech at an awards ceremony for top graduating F&V seniors, Walt is inspired to throw caution to the wind and pass on the plum consulting gig. But a bizarre, very public interaction with a visiting professor at this same reception unwittingly turns upside down the lives of the aforementioned trio.