Lillian is commissioned to do a painting for Jake Gregory,
who owns a Los Angeles construction firm. As they proceed
up to the top of a project in a cage elevator, the attraction
between them rises even faster, and after the usual romantic
and personal interludes, the two of them decide to marry.
On their first anniversary, Jake gives Lillian diamond earrings,
and a painful ear-piercing ensues, played out with sexual
undertones. The couple have no major problems until one day
they meet the villainous Sidney who invites them to his home
where he introduces them to freebasing cocaine. In the long
run, Lillian backs away, but Jake quickly becomes addicted,
though their initial reactions to the drug are the opposite.
During the remainder of the film, Jake's life deteriorates
steadily, as no one and nothing is able to come between him
and the cause of his destruction.