The show revolves around a beautiful but faded star of the silent screen era, Norma Desmond. She is engrossed in the past while living in her decaying mansion. After she accidentally meets a handsome but struggling young screenwriter named Joe Gillis, Norma tries to stage a comeback to the big screen. She lavishes young Joe with gifts and soon falls in love with him. However, she is devastated when Joe leaves her for young Betty Schaefer. In a fit of shock and rage, Norma shoots Joe as he attempts to leave her home on Sunset Boulevard.