A successful crime writer, Madeleine, creates a character, Edward, who is also an author. As Madeleine develops the plot, Edward attends a gallery where a critic is murdered - and Edward becomes embroiled in solving this crime. Edward is also writing a novel, though, and this one features a successful crime writer called Madeleine. As the two authors begin to engage with their characters, their characters begin to engage back with their authors, and the lines between fiction and reality become blurred.