Swimming in the Shallows is the story of three couples trying to find their way. Barb and Bob are happily married, but when Barb finds out that Buddhist monks only own eight things, she wonders if she should do the same. Donna wants Carla Carla to marry her. Carla Carla doesn't like that Donna smokes. Nick meets a shark at the aquarium -- they go on a date to the beach. Plus dream sequences. Plus a wedding. A contemporary world of gay weddings, heterosexual marriages, and American capitalism.