For most of its existence, a tightly-knit Massachusetts community has earned its living and gained its identity from the fish industry. Indeed, the North Shore frozen fish company is the town's primary source of income. Sal Matilla (Tony Danza) is the plant foreman. With the help of his lifelong girlfriend Florence (Mercedes Ruehl) and best buddy Porker (Peter Riegert), he does his best to keep the company profitable. Though Sal can be pretty overbearing at times, he considers his workers family. Everything changes, however, when North Shore Fish sells the factory facility to a health club and suddenly most of the town finds itself facing massive unemployment.