Successful sci-fi writer David Norton (Timothy Hutton) has made a career out of plotting his character's elaborate deaths. But when he visits a lush resort, he is disturbed to find that someone seems to be pulling the mortal strings of his own life. The first to go is Norton's bride-to-be, who kills herself in a dramatic fashion. Soon after, more of his loved ones meet similarly grim ends. In his search for the truth, he meets an elderly fan (David Kelly) performing a bizarre experiment.