The author of an influential article in theAtlantic Monthly denouncing Griffith for the racism in Birth of a Nation, Henry has come to Hollywood with his family to interview Griffith and put the final nails in the famed director's coffin.
But Henry finds himself subject to a few�distractions. His wife has just told him she's in love with another man. Henry's Hollywood tour guide turns out to be an English actor who drives his Model T through Los Angeles dressed like Jesus Christ, the better to seduce women. Lillian Gish, Griffith's virginal star, may be trying to seduce Henry. And Griffith himself may not be quite the villain that Henry has imagined.
In al little over 48 hours, Harry undergoes a personal trial by fire that ends unexpectedly in Babylon, the extradorinay movie set Griffith constructed for the film he believed would be his masterpiece, Intolerance.