Thompson Doinel is a hopeless romantic who's never had a lasting relationship. He's offbeat, honest to a fault, collects fine china and is terrified of heights. Thompson knows his personality isn't what usually attracts the ladies and so is uncomfortable just being himself. That is, until he meets Lola, a beautiful young woman who enjoys his quirky sensibility. The two connect immediately and for the first time in his life Thompson thinks he's found an honest relationship. However, Lola's avoided telling Thompson her biggest secret - that she's homeless.