In 1973 San Fernando Valley, 15-year-old child actor Gary Valentine prepares for his high school picture day. He notices 25-year-old Alana Kane, a photographer's assistant, and strikes up a flirtatious conversation with her. She rebuffs his advances, but meets him for dinner and they begin a friendship. Gary attends auditions and prepares for a press tour attached to a film starring Lucy Doolittle. When Gary's mother Anita cannot take him to perform on the tour in New York, Alana chaperones him instead. On the plane, Alana meets Lance, one of Gary's co-stars; they begin dating, but break up after an awkward dinner with Alana's family.