It's the early 1980s Manhattan. Disco is king, and the clubs playing disco music the palaces where the beautiful people go to see and be seen. As such, Des McGrath wields the most power among his social circle as a low level manager at one of the hottest clubs, he who has some influence on who is on the "do not admit" and "allow for immediate entry" lists. He is a bit of a cad who has come across a new scam to tell his female conquests who he no longer wants to date that he has just discovered that he is gay. The one person he can't help get into the club is his best friend, ad man Jimmy Steinway, his type who Des' boss Bernie does not want in the club just so that he can impress potential clients. Alice Kinnon and Charlotte Pingress have led parallel lives for the past few years, both being Hampshire College graduates, and both now working as poorly paid readers at a publishing house. Charlotte is conceited and opinionated, and looks down at their colleague Dan Powers, primarily because he attended Harvard. Demure and inexperienced Alice looks to Charlotte for advice, Charlotte who believes that Alice negatively comes across to men at the clubs like a kindergarten teacher. Despite not having any money of their own, both surviving off of allowances from their parents, and not really knowing if they truly are friends, Alice and Charlotte decide to find an apartment together with a mutual friend named Holly. Charlotte knows that Alice likes Jimmy, but convinces her instead to pursue her number two choice, environmental lawyer Tom Platt, who will end up having a profound effect on Alice's being. In turn, another lawyer named Josh Neff enters their lives against Charlotte's wants, he who doesn't want to play the sexual games prevalent in the disco culture. Those within this collective who most closely associate themselves to the disco culture may have a rude awakening in less than a year as disco goes the way of the dinosaur and with it the way they lived and connected to each other as human beings.