Larry Donner je pisatelj in profesor, kateremu bivša žena Margaret ukrade rokopis. Nato pod svojim imenom izda knjigo, ki postane velika uspešnica. Owen Lift je čudaški možakar, ki živi s svojo oblastno in prav nič prijazno mamo. Nekega dne obupani Owen naredi načrt. Predstavlja si umor svoje mame, ki naj bi ga izpeljal Larry. On pa bo v zameno ubil Larryjevo bivšo ženo. Le da se Larryju o njegovem načrtu ne sanja, dokler ni prepozno.
Larry Donner is an author and writing professor who tutors people that want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his ex-wife Margaret has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's students, offers Larry to kill Margaret, and in return Owen, wants Larry to kill his horrible mother. Larry thinks it's a joke, until he learns Owen killed his ex-wife. And Larry has now become the prime suspect.