Professor Sam Loomis has hit rock bottom. He is a recluse, his wife is about to leave him, and he wears flip flops to school. He has reached the point where instead of actively teaching his creative writing class, he plays cassette tape recordings of past lectures instead. When the dean tells Loomis it's time to shape up or ship out, he knows he must change. Loomis smashes the cassette tape and takes his students on a creative writing adventure that blurs the lines of reality. To survive, they must write their way out of a potentially life-threatening situation.