Michael Douglas in Sharon Stone se v filmu zapleteta v nevarno erotično igro. Policist Nick Curran raziskuje skrivnostni umor rock zvezde, čigar bivša ljubica je Catherine Tramell. Pred kratkim je napisala roman, v katerem prav tako umorijo glasbeno zvezdo. Ali to dokazuje njeno krivdo ali je morilec hotel sum zvaliti na Catherine? Že na prvem zaslišanju Nick spozna, da je Catherine zelo zapeljiva, skrivnostna, zvita in mogoče celo sposobna ubijanja. Preiskava ga pripelje na sled neulovljivi serijski morilki, ki svoje žrtve pokonča sredi vročih posteljnih igric.
A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz's girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick's rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine's involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine's guilt.