Bob je depresivni in samotarski pisarniški uslužbenec, ki sanja o tem, da bi umoril svoje sodelavce. Nekega dne s seboj v službo prinese pištolo in načrtuje svoj morilski pohod, toda zgodi se nekaj popolnoma nepričakovanega. Njegov kolega začne streljati v pisarni, ko Bob pograbi svojo pištolo in ga ustreli ter tako reši ranjeno sodelavko Vanesso, v katero je zaljubljen. Tako Bob postane heroj, ki ga sedaj vsi slavijo, toda Vanessa ostane paralizirana in izgubi voljo do življenja. Ji bo lahko pomagal povrniti voljo do življenja?
A troubled loner, Bob Maconel, imagines blowing up the tower in Los Angeles where he works. He takes a revolver to his office intent on killing colleagues, and then himself. At home, he holds conversations with his fish, who encourage him to do it. His supervisor picks on him. As he's screwing his courage to the sticking place, he drops a bullet; while on the floor looking for it, another colleague does exactly what Bob has been planning. Bob emerges a hero and the one colleague he likes, a woman with a bright smile, is severely wounded. Can Bob help her through despair and find himself and joy in life? Or, as everyone says, is this impossible for a man like him?