A gangster and deadbeat father, Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric), returns home after a long absence. He arrives, toting two teenagers: a drowned girl, Denny (Brooke Palsson), who has mysteriously returned to life; and a bound-and-gagged hostage, who is actually his own teenage son, Manners (David Wontner). Confused, Ulysses doesn't recognize his own son, but he feels with increasing conviction he must make an indoor odyssey from the back door of his home all the way up, one room at a time, to the marriage bedroom where his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) awaits, full of cancer, grieving over the deaths of her three other children, and wooed by Ulysses' arch-rival, Chang (Johnny Chang). The house is haunted by countless dead relatives. As in Homer's Odyssey, Ulysses reaches his goal and vanquishes his enemy, but the equilibrium of the house has been disturbed. Manners seeks solace in the dream world where order can be restored, but he cannot sleep forever. He wakes, overwhelmed by reality which he cannot bear. The house, familiar even in its disheveled state, saves Manners and he returns to his mother. Perhaps this has all been a dream that is dreamt every night by Manners himself or by the ghosts he loves so much.