Artist Zoe asks her caring boyfriend Scott to take her down-on-his-luck cousin Ray Lee with them on their camping trip. He begrudgingly agrees. At first, Scott tries to chat with moody Ray about his bad luck in life and Bruce Springsteen but that doesn't go anywhere. Zoe asks that they change their route and travel to a place in the desert called China Lake, instead. Scott protests but then gives in. They stop at a convenience store in the middle of nowhere to freshen up and buy more drinks. Angry religious sermon plays on the radio. Ray asks the store clerk to show him a gun from her gun cabinet. Scott hears gun shots and finds Ray with the gun standing over the dead clerk. Ray gives a nonsensical explanation and forces Scott to get in the jeep and continue their trip. Zoe agrees. Scott starts to puzzle things together and realizes that the whole trip was a ruse. Ray promises Scott that after they arrive at China Lake and get what they're going there for, they'll let Scott go. ...