The death of their son, David, has left the Meeks little choice but to rely on his brother, Richard, to run for office. Richard is convinced his certain defeat will allow an early return to his hedonistic lifestyle, but supported by his powerful father, Governor Harold Meek, Richard is elected, and in spite of several undistinguished terms in congress, is now one step away from a nomination for vice-president.
But his father dies, and Richard receives a series of letters indicating crimes were committed in order to advance his career. Richard insists he didn’t know, but his fiancée, Susan Thomas, who knows more then she should about the crimes in question, tells him he should have, and must resign. But Richard’s mother, Vera Meek, faced with the disintegration of a political dynasty, is prepared to use emotional blackmail to keep her son in office.
Richard must make a choice, but will a history of self indulgence and a mother’s intimidation prevent him from making the right one?
When political hopeful David Meek, the son of a state Governor, dies, his parents must rely on his hedonistic brother, Richard, to fulfill their dreams of a leader in the family. Hoping to return to his usual lifestyle, Richard strives to fail. Unfortunately, with his father's backing, Richard wins -- and is now up for a vice-presidential nomination. When Richard finds out that his father may have committed crimes to hasten his ascent, his fiancee insists that he resign, and his mother will do anything to keep him in office, he faces the most difficult choice a leader can make. Will he finally choose to do the right thing -- in spite of family tradition?