A modern coming-of-age novel about a boy's struggle for survival in a lush and corrupting world that each day grows more seductive and more lethal.
New York's Lower East Side, 1978. Fifteen-year-old Finn Earl's mother, Liz, is a thirty-two-year-old masseuse with a taste for cocaine. When Liz's habit reaches its breaking point, she seeks sanctuary with one of her clients, aging billionaire Ogden C. Osborne. Less than twenty-four hours later, she and Finn have been dropped into a world more savage than anything in National Geographic, more cutthroat than anything New York's grimy downtown streets have to offer-the exclusive rural community of Vlyvalle, New Jersey.
In this golden playground for the super-rich, they find a new life and new friends amongst the decadent and beautiful denizens of Osborne's empire. Finn falls in love and grows up fast. He's living a twisted approximation of the American dream-and for a moment everything he wants is there for the taking.
But in Vlyvalle, social climbing is a blood sport. Even on what should be the happiest night of Finn's life-on an island in the middle of Osborne's private lake, naked and high with Osborne's bewitching granddaughter Maya-someone is watching him from the depths of the forest...and laughing. Soon, Finn is tangled in a web of secrets and betrayals so bizarre and so dangerous that getting out starts to look even harder than getting in.
When 16-year-old Finn is caught buying cocaine for his junkie but well intentioned mother Liz, his plans of spending the summer away from NYC with his anthropologist father studying the Ishkanani in the jungle are abruptly changed. In an attempt to get both of their lives back on track, Liz moves the two of them out to a cottage on the country estate of her sugar daddy, Mr. Osborne. Finn immediately makes his way into the 'tribe' of wealthy country clubbers that inhabit his new home.
Release Date: April 24, 2005 (Tribeca)
April 28, 2006 (Canada)
September 30, 2007 (United States)
Release Time: 111 minutes
Donald Sutherland as Ogden C. Osbourne
Diane Lane as Liz Earl
Anton Yelchin as Finn Earl
Chris Evans as Bryce Langley
Kristen Stewart as Maya Langley
Paz de la Huerta as Jilly
Blu Mankuma as Detective Gates
Elizabeth Perkins as Mrs. Langley
Christopher Shyer as Dr. Richard "Dick" Leffler
Garry Chalk as McCallum
Ryan McDonald as Ian
Dexter Bell as Marcus Gates
Kaleigh Day as Paige
Aaron Brooks as Giacomo
Teach Grant as Dwayne
Dirk Wittenborn as Fox Blanchard
Eddie Rosales as Iskanani shaman
Will Lyman as Voice of documentary narrator
DIRK WITTENBORN is a novelist (Fierce People, Pharmakon), screenwriter and the Emmy-nominated producer of the HBO documentary, Born Rich. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter and summers on the wrong side of the tracks in East Hampton, NY.