A new life awaits 22-year-old Tess when she arrives friendless in New York City and lacking any specific ambitions beyond finding a job. Her charm and observational nature lead to an invitation to train at one of the city's best restaurants. She thinks it's a temporary place to pass the time before her life begins again, but Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic world behind the scenes -- tasking expensive wine, exploring dive bars, learning who to trust -- and, most of all, the people she meets. Her co-workers become her family, and through them she finds a sense of belonging that she's never encountered before.
After partying until sunrise, Tess is not in an ideal state for her exam; the day's events make her question if it is really worth it.
Tess arrives at the restaurant in high spirits but soon realizes it's a night where everything will go wrong; Tess and Sasha embark on a drug-fueled night of adventure to burn off stress, until the night takes a turn.
Tess has a day off and decides to go to Simone's apartment unannounced; after Simone invites Tess into her world, her abrupt expulsion leaves Tess lonelier than ever.
Tess meets Serena, an alumna of the restaurant who married one of their wealthiest guests; Serena and Simone were best friends and, to Tess, Serena has the perfect life; Simone teaches Tess not to believe everything she sees.
When Tess forgets her wallet at the restaurant, she goes back to discover what happens after-hours; Simone teaches her about the coding of tongues, leading Tess to become even more enthralled by Simone.
Tess, a 22-year-old, moves to New York City without friends or a specific ambition; after an interview at one of the best restaurants, she's invited to train there; Tess attempts to keep up while observing her new co-workers.