Buck Avery is about to embark on the biggest adventure of his strange and wonder-filled life. He has decided to move to the little ski town of Huntington to spend the season doing what he does best, since he is (in his own mind, at least) "maybe the best there ever was". Others might see him as an inveterate liar and alcoholic with no plans, no money, no car, and no prospects, but Buck just knows that everything in his priceless life will fall into place as soon as he arrives. He knows that change is coming, and lots of it! He has incredible stories to tell, and to Buck, reality is just another story. He fancies himself a budding novelist and publishes his first story in a most novel way. He falls in love with two women and makes them both part of his life of blissful indigence. Nothing goes as planned, but, then again - he never really had any plans.