Lucky Jordan returns from World War II a national hero with a guilty conscience. His quest for fortune and glory continues in Hollywood, where he intends to make his mark in the motion picture industry.
Jordan ends up as a stuntman for some of Hollywood's top leading men but makes enough waves behind the scenes to ruffle the feathers of Hollywood's elite. In retaliation, they orchestrate a sex scandal that destroys his rising career. Jordan is soon blackballed and exiled from stardom.
A year later, battling loneliness and sexual addiction, he's working in the pornography business. His only friends are the stray pets he takes in. Jordan eventually falls in with Helltown, an underground cult obsessed with the notion that the U.S. government is conspiring with the movie industry and corporate America to control the minds of the American public.
Jordan becomes The Midnight Man, a superhero experiment created and enhanced by the Helltown cult in order to steal the thunder of the motion picture industry and bring to light the evils being unleashed on the movie-going public-the same public that condemned the once-graceful hero.