An ordinary night, in an ordinary part of town, and a beautiful young woman walks into a bar. Her name is Jewel (Liv Tyler) and before long she is chatting to bartender Randy (Matt Dillon). The pair leave together, but he ends up getting in a tussle with her criminal boyfriend, who she then shoots dead and subsequently persuades Randy to take the rap for her. But this isn't the end of it; both Randy's cousin Carl (Paul Reiser) and the detective assigned to the case (John Goodman) also fall for Jewel's charms and soon find themselves caught up in the ensuing events. It seems that any man who meets Jewel falls instantly in love with her, and she's going to use this fully to her own advantage, leaving a trail of havoc in her wake. It also seems that she is going to get away with it - that is, until Randy decides to hire hitman Mr Burmeister (Michael Douglas).