It’s 2008, and recent Canadian college graduate Jay Bahadur is living at home, in the basement, yearning for a shot at big time writing, but stuck in the day-to-day marketing research for a napkin manufacturer. His Mom (cameo appearance by Melanie Griffith) has Jay shoveling snow to offset rent expenses, but after falling and pulling a muscle in his back, he meets famed writer Seymour Tolden (Al Pacino) in a doctor’s waiting room. Jay’s plans to succeed include more education, specifically at Harvard, but Seymour says writers are made on site, in the fields of struggle. But the seed of future success is planted and off to Somalia Jay goes, under the guise of writing a book about the Pirates of Somalia. He has no publishing experience and no book deal in place.