Based on the original short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Foster Portfolio is an offbeat, mid-century
tale about a rookie investment counselor who discovers that his penniless client is hiding a million-dollar inheritance in order to conceal a strange, double life.
When Jim arrives at Herbert Foster’s home to counsel him on his finances, he is clearly disappointed by his prospective client. The simple grocery clerk works two jobs to support his wife and child, and the family can barely make ends meet. But when Herbert Foster reveals a secret inheritance worth a fortune, the young investment counselor’s attitude quickly changes. As his firm begins to invest Herbert’s inheritance, Jim comes to realize that Herbert has no intention of touching any of the money - not even to let him out of working his second job. Frustrated by Herbert’s rejection of the very values he lives by, Jim digs into Herbert’s past and uncovers his strange, double life.
The Foster Portfolio is a story about appearances, and what lies beneath them. It is a study of human nature in a materialistic society, and the lengths to which one will go to indulge in their true passions.