Joe Mitchell (Tucci) is a top writer at The New Yorker, specializing in profiles of urban eccentrics. But he's never met anyone as fascinating as Joe Gould, a cantankerous, unkempt, yet possibly brilliant street philosopher. Mitchell decides to profile Gould. But is Gould a fraud or a genius And why is he so reluctant to show anyone the manuscript he's labored over for years Mitchell is determined to find out. But the closer he gets to learning the truth about Gould, the more the writer discovers about himself. A fiery and unforgettable portrait of two astonishing men and the vibrant city that inspired them.