It's 1981 and Hollywood is no Wonderland. The drug scene is rampant, the punk music scene is prevalent, and the city is dirtier than its star-studded sidewalks. Wounded young widow Heather arrives from New York to establish a new life. Among the veteran alcoholics and social deviants she encounters she meets Don, the ambitious musician with the heart of gold. But life is never that simple. She also begins to fall for abusive male prostitute and addict, Bobby, an intimidating and charming fugitive from Manchester. Erotic, ridiculous, always straightforward and gritty, California King follows their story of friendship, pain and obsession.