Lara Ivory is a movie star -- an incandescent beauty with cat-like green eyes, full luscious lips and honey blond hair. Lara has been at the top of her profession for eight years and everybody loves her. But at thirty-two she cannot find a man who can handle being with such an exquisite object of desire.
Her ex-husband, Richard Barry, an extremely successful veteran film director, is currently married to Nikki, a feisty brunette clothes designer on movies. Nikki is a strong woman who tries her best to keep Richard under control -- something Lara couldn't manage. But Richard is not as pliable as Nikki thinks.
When Thrill! opens, the three of them are great friends, shooting a movie in the South of France.
Every man desires Lara, but because of her insecurities she feels they only want her for her beauty and fame. Lara is searching for something more.
Nikki can't wait to get her hooked up with a guy, because she suspects Richard still harbors an unhealthy crush on his ex-wife -- a crush bordering on obsession. After the South of France location is over, Lara goes straight to the Hamptons to shoot her next movie -- The Dreamer, while Richard and Nikki return to L.A. and their Malibu house. Richard starts post production, and Nikki awaits the arrival of her fifteen year old daughter, Summer, who is due to visit from Chicago. Nikki gave birth to Summer when she was sixteen and married to Sheldon Weston -- an older psychiatrist who got custody of their only daughter because Summer chose to stay with him when they divorced.
Joey Lorenzo is a street-smart, unbelievably handsome, small time actor with a shady past. At thirty, he's been around and then some. He had a couple of meaningful breaks in movies while he was living with New York agent, Madelaine Francis, a woman twenty years older than him --but that was six years ago -- before he vanished with seven thousand dollars of Madelaine's money. She hasn't heard from him since.
At the beginning of Thrill! Joey returns from New York, apologetic and full of excuses