Lost in America is a satire of the Yuppie culture. It is the story of David (Albert Brooks) and Linda Howard (Julie Hagerty), a couple living in an upscale neighborhood near LA. David works for an international advertising company and Linda works for a snoody department store. Both are slowly growing sick and tired of their priveleged, wealthy lives. They seek excitement but don't seem to know where to find it. Everything changes when David loses his chance at a raise he was promised. His boss transfers him to New York City, and David finally loses it. He yells at his boss and makes threats. He is fired on the spot. David heads straight for Linda's store and convinces her to quit her job. Together, they buy an RV intent on traveling across the country and seeing its sights without being tied down by jobs. They pack their bags and start the trip.