Gus Van Sant takes us to the underbelly of life on the streets of Portland, Oregon and introduces us to two male hustlers, Mike and Scott. They live on the streets, do drugs and sell their bodies. Mike is quiet, gay and suffers from narcolepsy. Abandoned as a child he is obsessed with finding his long-lost mother. Scott, on the other hand, comes from a wealthy family, and is slumming it until he is eligible to receive his inheritance. Together, these disparate friends begin an odyssey from Oregon to Idaho and beyond in search of Mike's mother.