In this comic fable, Joline (Heather Graham) is an eccentric manager of a Manhattan rock club about to marry Carl (Luke Wilson), a handsome photographer. She is totally committed to the idea of marriage, including having a permanent wedding ring tattooed around her finger. After 597 days of wedded life, however, her determination is tested. Carl, frustrated that he is only allowed to shoot close-ups of food rather than hard-edged news, takes off, leaving a message on the answer machine saying he needs “space to get out of the fog.”
Totally surprised, yet undauntedly dedicated to her man, Joline sets out to find Carl. She tracks him down in El Paso, Texas, where good ol’ Carl is still photographing food for a local paper, but now he’s living with a waitress, who is unaware that he is married.
Joline meets several off-center people as she keeps an eye on the unsuspecting Carl. When Carl discovers Joline in his rented trailer, he is less than thrilled with his stalking wife. From there on, Joline’s determination is to stay hitched becomes futile as she slowly realizes that he no longer wants to be married.