As a partially improvised comedy project from writer/director Rob Roy Thomas, Free Ride is about former "Big Man on Campus" Nate Sawborough. College in California is over, all he did was party, and a dejected Nate finds himself in a situation he never imagined: returning to his small Midwestern hometown to move back in with his parents. A development he insists is only temporary.
But his mom and dad's marriage is in trouble and his room has been turned into a gym. The good news is that Nate is able to reconnect with local beauty and bank teller Amber Creekhouse, the bad news is that she's newly engaged. He also meets up with former High School Big Man On Campus Mark Dove, and it's time to hit the wild parties ... or as wild as they get in a small Midwestern town. Will Nate decide to move back to California, or will he suppress his small-town phobia and make a play for Amber before she ties the knot?
When Nate turns down a job interview in Kansas City to help Amber look for her cat, he gets much more than he could have hoped for and also runs the risk of ruining his future and possibly his chances with Amber. Meanwhile, Bob and Margo reignite their relationship by planning their future divorce and Mark Dove is the only one who can't see that his vicious new dog is probably not "man's best friend".