Provokativna drama se loteva vprašanja obsedenosti legendarnega režiserja Alfreda Hitchcocka z njegovo najslavnejšo igralko Tippi Hedren. Na vrhuncu svoje slave in ustvarjalnega zagona se Hitchcock odloči, da bo v njegovem najbolj ambicioznem filmu Ptiči glavno vlogo igrala razmeroma neznana manekenka. Hedrenovo je preoblikoval v svojo domišljijsko blondinko, ko se ga je polastila želja, da bi bil deležen tudi igralkine ljubezni. Vendar je neuresničenje te želje slednjič uničilo filmski karieri obeh.
When Grace Kelly retires from films to marry Prince Rainier Alfred Hitchcock looks for a similar blonde and finds her in TV model,the little known Tippi Hedren,who will star in his film adaptation of horror story 'The Birds'. Hitchcock is obsessed with Tippi sexually and,when she rebuffs his advances,sadistically puts her through five days of filming where she is attacked and injured by real birds. Hitchcock's wife Alma and his assistant Peggy are appalled but can do nothing. Tippi is resolved that she will not give in to Hitchcock despite the situation giving her nightmares. Hitchcock and Tippi make a second film,'Marnie'. Having admitted that Alma is the only woman he has ever had sex with and that he now finds her cold Hitchcock continues to pursue Tippi, bombarding her with phone calls declaring his love for her yet reminding her that he alone made her famous and she owes him. At this stage Tippi demands that her contract be terminated and an end title states that they never worked together again.