After a car accident, sculptor Ken Harrison becomes a quadriplegic and is no longer able to create art, make love or have any semblance of a normal existence. He hires a lawyer who, reluctantly at first, represents Harrison to petition legally for the right to end his life, while knowing that he is trying to win his client a death sentence.
Staunchly opposed to euthanasia is a by-the-book hospital administrator, who is determined to keep his patient alive even against his wishes, and sympathetic doctor, who develops personal feelings for Harrison. She wants to keep him alive, even though Harrison's girlfriend has accepted his decision.
A young orderly (Thomas Carter) and nurse (Kaki Hunter) do what they can to keep Harrison's spirits up, even wheeling him to a hospital basement where they treat him to reggae music and marijuana. In the end, though, it is up to a judge (Kenneth McMillan) whether the patient has a moral, ethical and legal right to choose to die.