Walter Whitney (George Segal) is an upscale executive with a good life on many fronts. Everything is thrown into disarray, though, when he meets the child he never knew he had, a young man named Roger Porter. That's already shocking, but even more shocking is that he's black (Porter is played by Denzel Washington in his screen debut). When Walter's life takes a turn for the worse, Roger is there alongside him and gradually, the two form a relationship.