In 1950, lauded Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (Celyn Jones) made his first-ever trip to the US. Conservative Harvard grad John Brinnin (Elijah Wood) gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to take care of Thomas upon his arrival to America. There are many wild stories that accompany the luminary poet but nothing can prepare Brinnin for the task at hand. Thomas is a genius wordsmith but has poor people skills, drinks way too much and parties like there is no tomorrow. In order to complete his scheduled tour across some of America’s top universities, Brinnin decides to help the poet by taking him to a small cabin in rural Connecticut in hopes to disconnect him from the world and give his binge drinking and big ego a rest.