Abstract versus Impressionistic art as a young artist seeks a style independent of his aged mentor in this thoughtful drama. Much of this film was shot in beautiful Provincetown, which lies on the tip of Cape Cod. Steven is nervously trying to prepare for his first professional art show. He is unsure of himself. Does he have the talent? Should he follow in the Impressionist footsteps of his mentor Robert Hoffman, or is there another style aching to break out? His process is further hindered by his lover and model, and by an admiring young painter. His new neighbor, a married woman and painter, increases his confusion when she becomes his new model, lover, and tutor. She nudges him toward abstract art.