Summary for the movie
Early in 1971, the publishing company McGraw-Hill passes on 's new novel. He's desperate for money, so, against the backdrop of Nixon's reelection calculations, Irving claims he has 's cooperation to write Hughes's autobiography. With the help of friend , Irving does research, lucks into a manuscript written by a long-time Hughes associate, and plays on corporate greed. He's quick-thinking and outrageously bold. Plus, he banks on Hughes's reluctance to enter the public eye. At the same time, he's trying to rebuild his marriage and deflect the allure of his one-time mistress, . Can he write a good book, take the money, and pull off the hoax?