A psychopath known as Buffalo Bill sows terror in the Midwest by kidnapping and murdering young women. Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent, is tasked with questioning ex-psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. A formidably intelligent and cannibalistic psychopath, Lecter is able to provide him with information regarding Buffalo Bill as well as his psychological portrait. But he only agrees to help her in exchange for information about the young woman’s private life. Between them a bond of fascination and repulsion is established.