NOBEL SON is a taut thriller spiked with droll humor. Barkley Michaelson is struggling to finish his Ph.D. thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson (RICKMAN), wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. But Eli’s past indiscretions begin to collide with the present. When Barkley is kidnapped on the eve of his father accepting the prize, Eli refuses to pay the ransom. So starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge.