Susan Strasberg, a 17-year-old deaf runaway, comes to Haight-Ashbury in search of her brother, Bruce Dern. Three hippies (Jack Nicholson, Adam Roarke and Max Julien) help her elude the police and take her under their wing. They take her to a hippie clothes store and introduce her to communal living. The search for Dern leads them to Dean Stockwell, who takes a liking to Susan. The search continues to an auto wreck yard where a wild brawl ensues. Dern later learns of Susan's arrival and goes to the Avalon Club to see her, but is forced to flee when spotted by thugs after his life. Susan becomes hysterical and Stockwell gives her a capsule of STP to calm her down. Unaware of what she has swallowed, she runs out into the night in search of Dern, who has barricaded himself in a house and burns himself alive. In a daze she wanders into a heavily trafficked thoroughfare. Stockwell is killed in an attempt to save her. She and Nicholson leave together, realizing their need for each other and their mutual contempt for society.
Use local deejays to inform youth that this film was produced by famed American Bandstand personality and teen advisor, Dick Clark. Make music store tie-ups.
Come where the pleasure loves are... Listen to the sound of purple and green and taste a moment of madness... Recommended for mature audiences. American-Int'l 101 mins.